Discover The Passion of Dance
How do you spend your Saturday evenings? I wonder if I can guess. If it's anything like my family, I'm going to guess you might catch an episode of a certain reality show involving dance? Once again the magic of Strictly Come Dancing has captured the hearts and minds of the nation. I don't know about you but I can't go anywhere without hearing 'Did you see that routine last night?' or 'I can't believe they were in the dance-off, I thought they were going to win'. For many, dancing isn't just a hobby or even just a job for those lucky enough to work in the profession, it's a passion and Strictly is the perfect example of this. One show that has a TV audience of millions on the edge of their seats every week, waiting to see the spectacular routines and who's going to make it through to the next round (and more importantly... who's going home!) The beauty of dance is that it not only captivates those watching, but those taking part as well. Each year on Strictly, when you see the celebrities dance their first routine, how many times have you wondered if they've ever even seen a dance shoe before? But, as the weeks progress, you see the effort they put in as they fall in love with dance. After just a few sessions (and some serious dedication) they're gliding round the floor like Fred & Ginger. Whilst Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers might be best known for their dancing, there are many celebrities who've danced a step or two in their lives. Some of these might surprise you, take a look... Charlize Theron – although she may be best known as an actress with starring roles in major box office hits like Monster and The Devil’s Advocate, as a teenager she studied dance at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Audrey Hepburn – one of the most iconic actresses of a generation, she trained as a ballerina before she found her love of acting and went on to wow audiences as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s Christian Bale – one of the greatest method actors of modern times. He shocked audiences with his extreme weight loss for his role in The Machinist and, in a role reversal, bulked up for his performance as Batman. Before all of this though, he studied ballet as a child. Freddie Mercury – although he is primarily known for his singing, fronting one of the greatest bands of all time, Queen, Freddie actually took to the stage in 1979 and danced with The Royal Ballet. Jean-Claude Van Damme – best known as an all action hero in a number of high octane movies, The Muscles from Brussels (as he came to be known) trained in ballet for 5 years saying ‘If you can survive a ballet workout, you can survive a workout in any other sport’ Deborah Kerr – probably best known as Anna Leonowens in the musical The King and I, a performance that earned her a Golden Globe, Deborah also trained in ballet in her youth before switching over to a career in acting. Does that make you want to dance too?
Your guide to the Just 2019 World Indoor Bowls Championships
Between Friday 11th and Sunday 27th January 2019, we are once again welcoming the world to Hopton-on-Sea as we roll out our famous blue carpet to host the Just 2019 World Indoor Bowls Championships. The highlight of the indoor bowls calendar, we will be hosting bowls biggest tournament for the 21st year running in our impressive 1,100 seat International Arena. The very best players from around the world, together with up-and-coming bowls stars, will descend in Norfolk for 17 non-stop days of bowls. A range of short breaks and day tickets are available throughout the Championships, so you can be one of 20,000 spectators over the course of the Championships who experience the thrilling world class sport live. Choose from the exciting opening weekend as play gets underway, which also includes the Annual World Bowls Tour’s Awards and Gala Dinner evening, right through to the nail-biting final. There’s four individual events during the Championships: The World Indoor Singles Championship, The World Indoor Pairs Championship, The Ladies World Matchplay and The Mixed Pairs World Matchplay. In the 2018 Championships Ipswich’s Katherine Rednall won the women’s singles title, Mark Dawes won the open singles title, in the mixed pairs Jamie Chestney and Lesley Doig claimed victory, and in the Mark Dawes and Jamie Chestney won the indoor pairs. And 2019 is set to be another electrifying year at Potters, with the final week being televised live by the BBC. We don’t want to be biased but our very own bowls ambassador, Greg Harlow, is currently ranked as the world number one indoor bowler, so we are backing him to go all the way. Here is a brief profile on Greg… Greg Harlow Greg Harlow, from Ely, is the current world number one for indoor bowls. Greg reached the final of the World Indoor Bowls Championships open singles event in 2017, narrowly missing out to Scotland’s Paul Foster. He won the Championships in 2010 and the pairs event in 2014. Greg is the only player to have won three consecutive International Open Titles. We caught up with Greg, who said: “The Championships are the highlight of the bowls calendar. It’s the 20th year that Potters has held the Championships and the Potter family has invested more in the sport than anyone else, and that shows in the bowls facilities on offer.” “The atmosphere of playing in front of big audiences and having millions of people watching us on BBC TV during the final week is so unique and it’s the biggest audience of any bowls event. However, I tend to be focusing so much on my game that I don’t tend to notice the cameras!” “Being at the Championships sitting in the Arena is nothing like watching it on TV. It is so exciting and unpredictable, and you will see the best in the world play at their sport.” Greg’s bowls career started aged 11 when his parents got him involved in the sport: “Both my parents played bowls and I became interested in it at around six-years-old. I always loved sport, but I was better at bowls than anything else, and it’s just a fun sport that anyone can do. If I didn’t get pleasure from playing bowls still now then I would pack it up.” History of the Championships Bringing the tournament to Norfolk was the brainchild of Potters Resort’s chairman and tourism innovator Brian Potter MBE, who passed away in November 2014. Trying to think of a way to encourage people to come to Potters midweek and all year round, he had his ‘Archimedes moment’ one day and developed the winning idea of offering bowls breaks. Initially, Brian and his wife, Judy, invested in two bowls rinks and the idea quickly took off. A further six long-mat bowls rinks and a large indoor sports hall suitable for a wide range of activities soon followed. But Potters midweek bowling breaks became so successful that eight rinks weren’t enough to satisfy the growing demand. In the mid-1990s, Brian approached the World Bowls Council and asked if they would consider moving the World Indoor Bowls Championships from Preston if Potters built a new facility. Despite an initial negative response, Brian and Judy felt strongly that there was a real opportunity to be taken, and in 1997 started work on a six-rink international standard stadium – a total investment of £2.5m. The stadium officially opened in 1998 when Potters hosted the national England Ladies’ Championships. The event was an enormous success and when the World Bowls Council saw the facility in action they moved the championships to Hopton the following year.
Potters Resort calls for bowls emoji ahead of the Just 2019 World Indoor Bowls Championships
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We know so many of you love playing and watching bowls, so we have submitted a proposal to the Unicode Consortium, the group that decides on new emojis, for a new bowls emoji to be added! Whilst there are emojis in a variety of sports, including golf, curling and martial arts, bowls is currently unrepresented. This is despite the sport being played by around 400,000 people in England alone, being included as an official Commonwealth Games sport and the World Indoor Bowls Championships being viewed by millions at peak times in January 2018 on BBC TV. We caught up with John Potter, who said: “We have submitted a proposal to the Unicode Consortium for a new emoji, because bowls is a sport loved and played by so many people and all different ages around the world. It is one of Britain’s quintessential sports and there’s not many other sports where an 80-year-old can beat a 21-year-old!" "My father, the late Brian Potter MBE, took a gamble building our six-rink International Arena, which opened in 1998, and the World Championships moved to Potters in 1999 and has never left. Players from as far as New Zealand compete, and the final week is shown live on BBC TV. Bowls is as popular as ever and having an emoji would endorse this.” Our very own Bowls Ambassador and world number one ranked indoor bowls player, Greg Harlow, said: “As someone who has enjoyed playing bowls since the age of 11, it would be incredible to have the sport represented with an emoji. Bowls is a gentle way to get active and what so many people also love is the social aspect of the sport." "There’s various indoor and outdoor forms of the game, including short mat, flat green bowls, crown green and federation bowls, and the proposed bowls emoji would represent them all. There is a common perception that bowls is just played by pensioners, but people only have to turn on the TV to watch the Indoor Bowls Championships to know that this is not the case." "A bowls emoji could really help give the sport a makeover and an appreciation with the younger generation.” Stephen Lowe, group communications director at Just Group, who sponsor the Championships said: “We are now in our sixth year of sponsoring the World Indoor Bowls Championships at Potters, and the popularity of the sport just seems to be increasing." "We speak to hundreds of bowls fans and players at the Championships every year and they all tell us how passionate they are about the sport, and the majority of these are also on Facebook and Twitter. We would love to see a bowls emoji added because it is such a sociable and fun game, and is loved by so many people.” There are currently 2,823 emojis in the Unicode Standard, and show us your support on Facebook for a bowls emoji to be added! The Just 2019 World Indoor Bowls Championships return to Potters Resort between 11th and 27th January 2019.
Celebrating 40 years of showbiz with ‘Dangerous Brian’
It’s a puppet! The one and only Brian Conley is set to return to the Atlas Theatre in 2019, and to celebrate we’ve put together a profile on the multi-talented entertainer and asked him about his return to Potters… How does it feel returning to Potters Resort again? I used to come on holiday here and I really do remember it. I love Potters Resort as it really is a wonderful place and a strong family business with a real sense of community. My family came to Potters a few times and I remember the fancy dress competitions in particular. It was over 50 years ago that I first appeared on-stage at Potters Resort. Me and my Dad entered a talent competition and both won our categories! One of my most vivid memories is how my parents lost me at a Big Band dance event at the Resort. They found me when they heard some laughter in the ballroom and caught me behind the trombone pretending to go for a wee and making everybody laugh! If you hadn’t made it what do you think you’d be doing? We understand you applied for a job here… I did apply for a job as part of Potters Resort’s entertainment team when I was 17 and they turned me down! I do sometimes wonder how things would have turned out if I had got the job at Potters. I would probably still be here today! You’ve turned your hand to various roles from comedian to singer, actor and West End star – what part of your job do you love doing best? I love everything but I suppose what I love best is making people laugh. I always say that I was born to sing and that I learnt everything else. I do enjoy it all from doing my own tours to performing in musicals and hosting shows on TV. With a career spanning four decades, Brian is an accomplished singer, presenter, actor, comedian and West End Star. He became a household name thanks to Dangerous Brian, Nick Frisby "It's a puppet", Doug Digby and the legendary Al Jolson. Here are some of Brian’s career highlights from over the years… His first major show business success was fronting a comedy showband called Tomfoolery, who performed in pubs and clubs, sometimes as a support act for artists such as Johnny Mathis and The Nolans. Although the group broke up, his work with the band led to him being talent spotted, and he then started working as a warm-up for TV personalities such as The Krankies and Terry Wogan. His career was advanced by appearing on comedy shows such as Make Me Laugh, The Laughter Show and Live from Her Majesty’s. He made his first appearance in the West End in a production of Me and My Girl. In 1992 he was offered an opportunity to star in his own comedy programme, The Brian Conley Show. The show became Britain's most-watched light entertainment programme, regularly attracting more than 12 million viewers. His next success was a sitcom entitled Time After Time, in which he played the lead role. He then went on to play the hugely popular Doug 'Dynamo' Digby in The Grimleys. Brian recorded a live show in 1996 titled "Brian Conley: Alive and Dangerous", which was televised and featured stand-up plus special Nick Frisby/Larry the Loafer and Dangerous Brian sketches. Around 2000, Conley was given a new show for ITV, once again named, The Brian Conley Show, which lasted for three series. In 2003, he appeared in the film Equilibrium, alongside Christian Bale. In 2006, Conley returned to television, hosting a daytime variety show called Let Me Entertain You. He has appeared in the musical Hairspray as Edna Turnblad, Fagin in Oliver!, lead roles in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and in the Olivier Award-winning Jolson, playing Al Jolson. In 2012 he featured in I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, before leaving the jungle on medical grounds. In April 2014, Brian was a contestant on CBBC’s Driving Academy, before hosting a game show called Timeline and presenting The TV That Made Me in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, he took part in Strictly Come Dancing, being partnered with Welsh professional dancer Amy Dowden. In 2019 he is starring in 9 to 5 The Musical in the West End.
A Brief History of Bowls
Henry VIII (better known for making heads roll rather than woods) tried to make the sport more regal in 1511, by banning anyone other than the rich from playing as he claimed that the working classes were spending more time playing than they were working. Henry VIIIA further act passed in 1541, and not repealed until 1845, prohibited the working classes from playing bowls at any time other than Christmas, and even then only in their master’s house and presence. Henry wasn’t the first Monarch who tried this either, in 1477 King Edward IV had also tried to ban ‘commoners and peasants’ from not only playing bowls but betting on it too. He passed a decree that would see them fined and imprisoned if they were caught doing either. (Seems like a nice guy, doesn’t he?!) Edward IVProbably the most famous example of bowls throughout history is Sir Francis Drake being mid-game when he was informed that there was an invasion by the Spanish Armada. Drake reportedly said ‘Time enough to play the game and thrash the Spaniards afterwards,’ although this can’t be verified and is probably just folklore. He did keep his word and beat the Spanish fleet though, but there doesn’t appear to be any record of whether he actually won the bowls match! Sir Francis DrakeDespite the best attempts of members of royalty trying to stop the common man from playing, bowls has outlasted them all and grown in popularity over the last 100 or so years, becoming the game we know today. Bowls is now played the world over, thanks primarily to the efforts of Scotland and England as they were the pioneers of the modern game. The Scottish Bowling Association was formed in 1893, followed in 1903 by the English Bowling Association with the International Bowling Board coming along in 1905 as the sport became more of a global concern, and steadily grew into the game we enjoy so much today.
Christmas, music and memories
Christmas Number 1s come in all different types... Whether it’s a tune known the world over, like Band Aid's iconic 1984 ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’, or a major hit from a well-loved band like The Beatles in 1963 with ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, or a comedy classic like Benny Hill's 1971 hit with ‘Ernie, The Fastest Milkman in the West’, they've all earned the accolade of Christmas Number 1. Some Christmas Number 1s, however, hardly feel like a welcome present and are best erased from memory, like the catastrophe that was the 1993 Number 1, when Mr Blobby claimed top spot with the melodic - if irritating - tune ‘Mr Blobby’, or Bob the Builder's ‘Can We Fix It’ in 2000. How about you fix my ear drums thanks Bob! Personally, I don’t think you can beat 'the classics'. Slade's Noddy Holder screaming ‘It’s Christmas’ really starts my festive season off right, while The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl performing ‘Fairytale of New York’, despite some of its more delightful lyrics, is also a sure sign that Santa is on his way. And who can forget Wizzard's ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day’? I don’t, but the kids would absolutely love it, and I would definitely need a second job, and a third, probably even fourth job! Whatever your favourite Christmas tune is, and whether you can imagine Santa himself blasting out a verse or two, I bet it has the ability to put a smile on your face just by hearing the opening few bars. Your mind wanders, the memories come flooding back and it makes you feel good. Words can have amazing power and, I hope, just by reading this, you’ve already got a number of songs swirling around in your mind. Why not go and put them on, enjoy those memories and start thinking about all the new ones you’ll be making this festive season. Merry Christmas Everybody!
It’s a bullseye for Potters: Meet the Super 8 Darts Players
Get ready to see darts sporting royalty up close, including the most successful arrows ace of all time, the legendary Phil Taylor, on Sunday 19th May 2019 on The Potters Super 8 Darts League One Night Break. Featuring some of the greatest darts players in the world in an exciting new competition, this is your chance to witness these legends live and up close in this new format competition, featuring the finest darts players in a show that includes all the excitement of the match, plus a comedian, dancers, walk-on team, referees, scorers and music, as well as everything else that you would expect from a Potters Resort break. Here we profile eight of the darts players you will see at Potters… Phil Taylor (16 times PDC World Champion) The legend, nicknamed The Power, dominated the darts world for more than two decades. The Stoke-on-Trent-born player is considered the greatest ever darts player of all time, having won 218 professional tournaments, including major titles and a record 16 World Championships. He won the PDC Player of the Year award six times and has twice been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, finishing up as runner-up in 2011. Martin Adams (3 times BDO World Champion) Nicknamed Wolfie, Martin, from Surrey, is a three-times BDO World Champion and three-time World Masters champion. Following the formation of the World Darts Council in 1993, all the players that left the British Darts Organisation were banned from playing county darts, leaving England searching for a new team and a new captain. Adams took over the role in 1993 and remained captain until March 2013, becoming the longest reigning England captain ever. Darryl Fitton (BDO World Darts Trophy Champion) Nicknamed The Dazzler, Darryl comes on the stage dancing to the Madness song One Step Beyond wearing sunglasses, making it one of the most popular walk-ons with the audience. Darryl is known as a consistently high scorer, once holding the record for best average in a full, televised match. His 6-0 win against Davy Richardson in the 2004 International Darts League saw him hit a three-dart average of 114.15. This was, at the time, the highest three-dart average on a televised tournament. The Stockport-born player won the 2016 BDO World Trophy. Tony O’Shea (3 times BDO World Championship finalist) The three-time Lakeside World Championship finalist born in Stockport is nicknamed Silverback and has reached the finals of seven BDO major darts tournaments, but to date has never won one. He has however won the 2008 Welsh Masters and claimed the WDF World Cup men’s singles title in 2009. Colin Lloyd (2 times PDC World Matchplay Champion) Colin, from Colchester, is a former world number one and is nicknamed Jaws. He has won two major titles in the PDC – the 2004 World grand Prix and 2005 World Matchplay. By April 2005 he had reached world number one – a position he held, with a brief interruption in June 2006, for almost two years. Chris Mason (2 time PDC World Championship semi-finalist) Known by darts fans as Mace the Ace, the current ITV and talkSPORT darts pundit from Bristol lost in four world semi-finals in both BDO and PDC events and was the winner of prestigious televised tournaments such as the Irish Masters and English Open in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He played in what is considered one of the greatest matches in dart history in 2000. He lost 4-5 to Ted Hankey in the world semifinals, a match which until recently, held the 180 record for a nine-set match with 38 180's hit in the match, 16 of them from Mason. Keith Deller (1983 PDC World Champion) Born in Ipswich, Keith won the Embassy World Professional Darts Championships in 1983. He was the first qualifier to ever win the championships and remains one of the youngest champions in history. Keith, nicknamed The Feller, held the Guinness World Record for the fastest 3 legs of 201 in 97 seconds, and became the first player in history to achieve a match average of 100 in the 1985 World Championships quarter finals. He now has the world record of the quickest 301 in 25 seconds by taking out a 130 checkout by hitting the bullseye. Scott Mitchell (2015 BDO World Champion) Scott, nicknamed Scotty Dog, saw 2014 as his breakthrough year, winning tournaments like Top of Ghent and the Jersey Open. As well as being part of the team that won the WDF Europe Cup, he won the prestigious British Open. In 2015 he won the World Championships and reached number one in the BDO Men’s ranking. Potters is one of the hosts for this competition, which will see the players compete for a £31,000 prize fund
Rock on with David Essex OBE
70s heartthrob David Essex OBE has enjoyed success as a singer, songwriter, producer, director, author and actor in film, TV and theatre, filling stadiums and packing out theatres. He has written, recorded and produced albums and singles that have sold millions of copies worldwide, and enjoyed success with 23 Top 30 singles in Britain alone. David was nominated for a Grammy award for his smash hit single Rock On in 1974 and other hits from his 50-year repertoire include Gonna Make You a Star, Lamplight, Good Together, It’s Gonna be Alright, Missing You, Oh What a Circus, Silver Dream Machine and A Winter’s Tale. According to The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles, he was voted the number one British male vocalist in 1974. As well as penning his own material, the versatile performer shot to fame as a West End star when he secured the role of Jesus in the London production of musical Godspell. Other theatre credits include Che in the original production of Evita, Reverend Shaw in Footloose, George in Aspects of Love and Levi Lee in All the Fun of the Fair. David also starred in Silver Dream Racer, That’ll Be The Day and Stardust films. More recent highlights include a stint in Eastenders in 2011 and performing in The War of the Worlds stage show in 2016. He has also written best-selling books, was awarded an OBE in 1999 for his role as an ambassador for the Voluntary Service Overseas, and received a Variety Lifetime Achievement award. One thing is for sure – the original Mr Essex still knows how to Rock On and entertain an audience! Here’s some facts on David Essex OBE… The entertainer was born David Albert Cook in Plaistow, East London. As a solo performer he’s achieved 19 top 40 hit singles and 16 top 40 albums. David was a major pin-up, with crowds for his concerts resembling Beatlemania and traffic stopping whenever he appeared. Before fame, he had a brief soccer career with West Ham United’s youth team and was a drummer for a local band before hitting it big. He wrote Rock On to play at the end of the 1973 movie That’ll Be the Day, where he played a working-class, aspiring rocker. He played Che Guevara in the musical Evita and was even in the running for the role in Grease that was eventually played by John Travolta. Other theatre credits include performances in Boogie Nights 2, Footloose, Aspects of Love, plus his own musicals Mutiny! and All The Fun of the Fair. At the height of his success David owned 100 motorcycles. He has written books including Faded Glory, and Travelling Tinker Man and Other Rhymes. A guest who saw David Essex OBE on his last appearance at Potters wrote on TripAdvisor: “This was our first overnight stay at Potters, and we weren't disappointed. We stayed in a terraced bungalow which was spacious and had plenty of hanging space, very clean and tidy with a good shower in the bathroom. Our evening meal was excellent with lots of choice and very quick polite service. Then there was David Essex, what more could you ask for, he was brilliant, and ages so well. In the morning we had a great breakfast again with a good choice on the menu, altogether a great stay. Would recommend.”
Thank You for the Music ABBA: Björn Again are back
ABBA’S music is legendary, and their greatest hits collection ABBA Gold is the second best-selling album of all time in the UK, just behind Queen’s Greatest Hits. In 2018 ABBA announced they had recorded two new songs, their first new music in 35 years, but for now here’s 10 of their classic hits… Waterloo – The group’s first UK number one is a song which set their career in motion with the 1974 Eurovision smash song winning the contest. Waterloo is the place where Napoleon Bonaparte met his defeat at an epic battle in 1815, and the song uses the battle as a metaphor for a woman who falls in love with a man Mamma Mia – Released in 1976, it was the second of ABBA’S nine UK number ones. The phrase ‘Mamma Mia’ is an Italian saying that literally means ‘My Mother’ and is used to express surprise. In 1999, the music stage production Mamma Mia! opened in London, with their songs used in the production Dancing Queen – A disco favourite, originally called Boogaloo! According to DJ Chris Evans, when this song was played at a Windsor Castle event Queen Elizabeth said: "I always try to dance when this song comes on because I am the Queen and I like to dance." Take a Chance on Me – The song spent three weeks at number one in Britain in 1978. Bjorn Ulvaeus enjoyed jogging and as he ran he sang a ‘tck-a-ch’-style rhythm to himself. This evolved into the line ‘Take a Chance on Me’, around which he wrote the rest of the words. Fernando – focuses on a nostalgic conversation between two soldiers in the Mexican Revolution war. The working title of the song was Tango. Chiquitita – A Spanish term of endearment for a woman meaning ‘little one’, this song helped increase the group’s global appeal. ABBA performed the song in 1979 at the Music for UNICEF Concert, donating half the proceeds to UNICEF I Have a Dream – Included a large Stockholm’s children’s choir, the only song that has additional vocalists to the four members of the band. The Winner Takes It All – ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus wrote this after separating from wife and fellow band member, Agnetha Fältskog. It's about a divorce where one person doesn't want to separate and clings desperately to the marriage. Does Your Mother Know – Ulvaeus took the lead on this one, instead of the women, and details flirting with a much younger woman Super Trouper – The 1980 song was ABBA’S last UK number one. A super trouper is a type of spotlight! Did you know…When they started, the four members had the brilliant idea of creating a name for the group by combining their four initials into an acronym. After five years LUAF had still failed to catch on, so they used their Christian names rather than their surnames, resulting in ABBA after a few different attempts! If anyone knows how to get a party started and turn you into a Dancing Queen it is Björn Again. Read our profile on the world’s no 1 ABBA tribute band… Björn Again was created and founded in 1988 in Melbourne, Australia by director and bass player Rod Stephen. Björn Again is run as a light-hearted parody of ABBA, with the use of pidgin Swedish and stage character names of Agnetha Falstart, Benny Anderwear, Frida Longstokin and Björn Volvo-us. They have performed over 7,000 concerts in more than 100 countries around the world. The group is regarded as one of the most successful tribute bands of all time, having played concert venues from the Sydney Opera House to Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Stadium, as well as major rock festivals including Reading, T in the Park, Roskilde and Glastonbury. Get ready to hear them perform hits like Mamma Mia, The Winner Takes It All, Chiquitita, Fernando, Take a Chance on Me, S.O.S, Money Money Money, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, Waterloo and many more in their glitzy 70s stage costumes. Björn Again is the only ABBA show endorsed by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. Benny said: “Björn Again are the closest you can get to seeing ABBA. ABBA will never reform.”
The wonder of The World Famous Elvis Show…
Get ready to get All Shook Up as world renowned Elvis performer, Chris Connor, brings The World Famous Elvis Show to Potters on Sunday 3rd March 2019 on a one night Norfolk break. With his natural look which astounds many fans of his likeness to Elvis, along with his Elvis tone, and authentic energetic moves, Chris Connor is a must see for any Elvis fan and his show celebrates the King of Rock n Roll and his incredible music, with record sales of over one billion worldwide. Get ready to take a trip to Memphis and back with the ‘World’s best Elvis’, as voted for by fans around the world! To celebrate the two-hour theatre production recreating two popular Elvis Presley concerts, with 12-piece live band ‘THE STEELS’, and backing vocals by 'The Sweet Harmonies’, we have put together a list of Elvis’s best-selling UK singles… It’s Now or Never – this song with The Jordanaires spent eight weeks at the top in 1960-1961 and returned to the summit again in 2005 for a single week, 28 years after his death. It has sold 1.3million copies in the UK alone and the melody belongs to O Sole Mio, an Italian song that is familiar to everyone as Just One Cornetto! When Elvis was in the US army, he was stationed in Germany and heard the Italian song and when he was discharged asked his record company to write an English translation for him Jailhouse Rock – the theme song of the motion picture he also starred in was released in 1958. Elvis played a wrongly accused convict who becomes a star when he gets out. The film is famous for the scene where Elvis performs this song in an elaborate dance number taking place in prison (UK 985,500 sales) Are You Lonesome Tonight? – One of the biggest selling songs of the 60s, the song marked a change of direction for Elvis with this gentle ballad. As he finished recording it, Elvis knocked over a chair and the sound can be heard on the record. The famous ‘laughing version’ came from a 1969 Las Vegas performance unofficially recorded (UK 911,000 sales) A Little Less Conversation – Mac Davis and Billy Strange wrote this for the 1968 Elvis movie Live A Little, Love A Little. This was a fairly obscure Elvis song until it was remixed and released as a single in 2002, going to number 1 in the charts. The remix gained popularity when it was used in a Nike World Cup commercial (UK sales of 894,000) The Wonder Of You – Elvis recorded a live version of The Wonder of You in Las Vegas in February 1970. The song was released as a single on April 20, 1970 and logged six weeks at Number 1 in the summer of 1970 (UK sales of 891,000) Way Down – Recorded in October 1976, it was his last single released before his death in August 1977, and was his single at the time of his death. The song was later covered by Status Quo Wooden Heart - Elvis Presley sang this in the movie G.I. Blues, and his version became a #1 hit in the UK in March 1961. RCA Records had no intention of releasing it in the US, as they feared it would harm his image - in the movie, he sang it to a puppet. Presley was pipped to the post in the US by Joe Dowell’s cover version, which made number one at the end of August 1961 Rock a Hula Baby / Can’t Help Falling in Love - This Hawaiian-flavoured rock-and-roll tune was written by Ben Weisman, Fred Wise, and Dolores Fuller for Elvis Presley's musical romantic comedy Blue Hawaii. It was released as a double A-side with Can't Help Falling In Love in the UK, where it topped the pop chart for four weeks All Shook Up - The song remained at the top of Billboard's pop chart for nine weeks, and it stayed on the chart for 30 weeks - the longest of any Elvis single. Otis Blackwell wrote the song at the offices of Shalimar Music in 1956 after Al Stanton, one of Shalimar's owners, shook a bottle of drink and suggested he write a song based on the phrase All Shook Up. Plus who can forget hits like Suspicious Minds, Always on my Mind, Blue Suede Shoes, Burning Love, Hound Dog, Heartbreak Hotel, Love Me Tender, Viva Las Vegas and lots more!
Raising a glass on Bars Team Recognition Day
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On Wednesday 17th October 2018 our fantastic bars team were celebrated by guests and fellow members of the team when we hosted a Bars Team Recognition Day. From coffees to cocktails and chatting to you about your well-deserved break, we know that you appreciate our hard-working team as much as we do. Bartenders not only make drinks, but also make sure the bar area looks tidy and chat to guests. The hard-working team were treated to an It’s a Knockout style challenge, consisting of making a puzzle the fastest and games including hitting a football into a net with tennis bats, skipping, karts, netball and even getting tissues out of a box the fastest! The orange team were the winners and won a special trophy. The 33-strong team were also treated to a game of TenPin bowling, a treasure hunt around Resort, pizza and drinks. Other members of the Potters team helped cover the bar while the team enjoyed the afternoon. A raffle also took place, with money being raised for Potters Friends Foundation, with the total being announced when the raffle closes in the next few days. We caught up with Shaun Smith, who looks after the bars, who said: “The team work really hard, doing long shifts and working until early in the morning on our drinks inclusive breaks. I’d like to thank the team for their commitment and for their friendly, positive attitude and it’s been wonderful celebrating the day with them. Not only has everyone had lots of fun and raised money for worthwhile causes, through the Potters Friends Foundation, but it has also been a really great way for the team to bond and have fun together. Thanks to everyone who has supported the day.” Here’s what your favourite cocktail is traditionally made from… · Black Russian - Vodka, coffee liqueur · Bloody Mary - Vodka, tomato juice, Tobasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, celery salt, slice of celery · Cosmopolitan - Vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry juice, lime · Daiquiri - Light rum, lime juice, sugar, blended with ice (for a strawberry daiquiri use strawberry mix or syrup) · Long Island Iced Tea - Vodka, gin, rum, orange liqueur, lemon juice, cola · Margarita - Tequila, lime, salt · Martini - Gin, dry vermouth · Piña Colada - Rum, coconut milk, pineapple juice · Screwdriver - Vodka and orange juice
Potters Resort recognised as ‘best accommodation for groups’ at national awards
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Many social, sports and leisure clubs come to Potters throughout the year, and we welcome around 500 group organisers every year, with a specialist groups team of 16 professionals with over 120 years’ experience in the groups market. Awards voted for by guests are always really special and we are pleased to announce that we have been recognised by readers of Group Leisure & Travel magazine at its annual awards, which celebrates first class destinations, attractions and providers across group travel. Potters scooped an award for ‘Best Accommodation for Groups’ at the awards, held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 10th October 2018. We beat-off competition from Warner Leisure Hotels, Daish’s Holidays, HF Holidays, Mill Rythe Holiday Village (Away Resorts) and Rendezvous Hotel at Skipton who were shortlisted in the same category. Sallyanne Gooch, our Group & Commercial Sales Director at Potters Resort said: “We are very proud of the personal service we offer and it’s wonderful to receive such an award in recognition of the hard work that the whole Potters team provides throughout the year to make breaks so memorable for guests and ensure that groups from across the country choose Potters to enjoy a short break. What makes this award extra special is that it’s voted for by the readers, so a massive thank you to everyone for voting for us.” Group Leisure & Travel editor, Keeley Rodgers, said: “Our readers have had their say on the best across the group leisure and travel industry and what a fantastic array of providers, attractions and destinations we have. The quality this year has been so good that some outstanding attractions and companies didn’t even make the shortlist. A huge congratulations to all of the finalists and of course, our ultimate winners. They continue to prove that if you get it right, you reap the rewards, receive the kudos and, most importantly, retain and attract group business.” The awards were presented by TV personality and self-confessed ‘culture vulture’ Gyles Brandreth, alongside Group Leisure & Travel Magazine publisher Rob Yandell. Well done to all the finalists and winners, and a massive thank to you for everyone who voted.