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Alive 107.3 Patron Joanna Lumley has been awarded the Bafta Fellowship at a star studded award ceremony in London last night .
Best known for playing champagne-sipping Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous, Joanna Lumley has had one of the most varied careers in British entertainment.
After starting out as a model she was propelled to fame in the 1970s as Purdey in The New Avengers.
The Fellowship is, quite simply, the academy’s highest honour. Previous recipients include Michael Palin, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Sir David Attenborough and Julie Walters.
Few would dispute that she is a deserving name to be added to that list.
After last nights award she said .
“We as actors, we’re dragged about in golden carriages… we are furnished with words, costumed, made up, we have stunt performers to make us look better. We have people who drive us, who dress us. We have all this”.
“For me this is paradise because I’m here where I wanted to be – I’m in the company that I wish to keep ever since I was young. I wanted to be with people who left race and religion and age and gender and shoe size and things outside the door when they came. People who are in our profession don’t have those discriminations.”
“Drivers should remember that motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than drivers, especially in wet conditions. A driver may walk away from a crash that a motorcyclist would not.
Female singers and musicians across the country have been invited to enter the contest to be crowned the first ever Maiden of Music.
The competition is part of an event designed to celebrate and encourage women to make the most of their musical talents.
More than 150 women, including soloists, groups and choirs are expected to participate in the Maidens of Music festival, which takes place in Dumfries during every Saturday in May.
The festival was run as a one-off last year, but was so popular that organisers Carol Brotherston, Jo Blain and Linzie Watson, decided to stage it again – and came up with the idea of adding in a competition to find the best performer.
Carol, a professional piano teacher, said: “We love going out to hear live music, but what really struck us was how few female musicians and performers you see out there. And in my work I know that it’s not through lack of talent, but I do think it can often be lack of confidence.
“So what we want to do is to celebrate those who perform, empower women to take to the stage, nurture those who are developing, provide a friendly platform and inspire those who have never tried. As part of that we have decided to run a competition and the winner will be crowned the 2017 Maiden of Music.
“Last year was great, but this time the whole festival will be bigger, louder, more fun and even more inspirational.”
This weekend the festival kicks off with a whole variety of acts of all types and ages performing at Hugo’s Bar in Bank Street. They include The Sing It Choir, from Aberdour, Ellie McConnachie (a 12-year-old singer, pianist and guitarist), trad musician Emily McLatchie, The Jay Jayz acoustic duo and Cumbrian indie band The Quazars.
Each week will see one Maidens of Music finalist chosen from among the performers. The competition finals will take place later in the month on 27 May, with the overall winner receiving a special trophy.
Carol said: “This is a showcase Maidens of Music for female musicians and songwriters all ages and at all stages of their musical career. If you’re a woman who makes music then you can take part. And everyone who loves great musical entertainment and a festival atmosphere is invited along.”
SCOTTISH Conservatives claim the SNP Scottish Government to ‘ransom’ in a dispute over landings.
The Scottish Conservatives have written to Fishing Minister Fergus Ewing demanding that he release the 12% mackerel quota currently being retained by the Scottish Government.
The letter comes after it came to the attention of Conservative Fishing Spokesperson Finlay Carson that the Scottish Government had taken the unprecedented decision to withhold 12% of the Scottish mackerel quota amidst disputes with the industry over the amount of fish being landed in Scotland’s ports.
The Scottish Conservatives have branded this as a “disproportionate” move that holds fishermen to ransom and Mr Carson said: “Without quota, fishermen cannot catch any fish, and if they cannot catch any fish, they cannot make a living. Withholding part of the mackerel quota, the most important fishery in Scotland, only seeks to play with the livelihoods of hard-working Scottish fishermen.
“This is an entirely disproportionate decision by the Scottish Government. Fergus Ewing is apparently intent on achieving his landings targets at any cost.
“While I fully support the ambition to see more fish landed in Scotland’s ports, holding fishermen to ransom is not the way to achieve this. Instead, we need a government willing to work with the industry to look at why so many catches are being landed elsewhere and what can be done to make it more appealing for fishermen to land in Scotland.
“I am deeply concerned by the way in which Fergus Ewing has chosen to treat Scotland’s fishermen. I would urge him to reconsider this reckless move and urgently release the final 12% of the 2017 mackerel quota.”
Hibernian sealed their return to the Premiership, beating Queen of the South to wrap up the Championship title.
Defender Darren McGregor looped home a header then flicked in a Jason Cummings corner before the interval.A crowd of 17,056 turned up for the Easter Road party, ending a period of three seasons in the second tier for the Edinburgh club.
Having drawn four of their past five games, there was no sign of any malaise as the hosts started in whirlwind fashion, with John McGinn and Martin Boyle having early chances.
But the Dumfries side showed they were not simply making up the numbers as Dominic Thomas fired just wide from 18 yards.The breakthrough came on 13 minutes as McGinn floated a free-kick to the back post, where McGregor sent a header arcing over the outstretched arms of Lee Robinson and into the net.It was the centre-half’s first goal of the season and the huge home support roared their approval.
They were then infuriated by referee Barry Cook, who called back play when Cummings was clean through on goal. Queens midfielder John Rankin was booked for a challenge on Andrew Shinnie but, rather than playing advantage, Cook blew his whistle.The visitors almost drew level when former Hibee Stephen Dobbie got on the end of a mishit shot by Thomson, but Ofir Marciano pulled off a magnificent stop.
Robinson then denied the home side a second with a wonderful save from a Boyle shot but, moments later, Lennon’s side doubled their advantage.
Cummings sent in a corner that was met by the right boot of McGregor for his and his team’s second of the day.The home side continued to drive forward and scored number three just after the break.Robinson did well to parry away another Cummings volley but, from the corner, Gray rose above the Doonhamers’ defence to nod in at the back post.
Toploader have been announced as the headline act at this year’s RNLI Parkfest in Stranraer.
It is the eighth edition of the event on the shores of Loch Ryan which raises funds for the inshore lifeboat unit.
Toploader follow in the footsteps of Dodgy, S-Club and Ben Haenow in performing at the Dumfries and Galloway festival.
A host of local acts will also take to the stage at Agnew Park this year on Saturday 19 August.
Heavier Than Metal and Raz White Entertainment are pleased to confirm our last band that will be playing at The Venue Dumfries on the 26th of May is South West Scotland’s Premium Metal cover band Bloodslab. They will be joining Headliners Chasing Dragons and Glasgow metal heads Dyorlich. Get your tickets from the link on the poster for a mere £6! Freebies and giveways on the night!
Local Radio Day is coming to Dumfries on Friday 26th May . Tune in and discover you community station .
During Local Radio Day as well as our regular programming we are giving our listeners the chance to hear Alive in ONE day .
We will offering a chance to hear taster 60 minute versions of our shows throughout the day to give you a flavour of what Alive 107.3 is all about , and we hope to surprise you .