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Thursday 02 June 2016

Brighton Duo Cycle To Lands' End In Memory Of Babies Who Have Died

A Brighton man and his father have set off on a six day bike ride from Brighton to Lands' End in memory of babies who have died.

Mark Critchard's endurance challenge is the last in a series of events that have been inspired by those affected by the death of a baby.

"Training's been tough - I'm just going to take it as it comes on the day, slowly, grit my teeth and get to the finish line."

Stillbirth and neonatal death are not rare events. In 2014, around 5600 babies died just before, during or soon after birth. That's over 100 babies every week.

It's a tragedy that can happen to anyone and at any time. It's devastating not just for parents, but also for friends and family.

Tina Clarke was one of seven who recently took on the 100km in the London 2 Brighton Challenge.

She ran for the Sands charity because it supported her sister and brother-in-law when they lost their baby James at 18 weeks. 

Tina has also done some back to back marathons in the run up to this, one of which with children from Fishergate Primary where she Head Teacher, joined her for a mile each.

"The fact that I was raising money for a charity that helps parents to keep going kept me going!" says Tina. 

Kristie Peach and her husband Chris took part for their son Joshua who was still born at 41 weeks 9th Oct 2012.

Alexandra Tuesley took part with the support of her sister Maxine Wilson and brother-in-law Steve. 

This was in memory of her Alexandra's baby son Ben, one of  her triplets who was stillborn on 21 June 2002.

To find out more about the charity please visit:

by: Mike Cobley


This year marks a brand new chapter for English alternative rock band, Mallory Knox, as their latest single, Black Holes, is turning heads, with frontman Sam Douglas describing the new music as “terrifying and exciting” and “the most energised Mallory has ever written”. 

Carleen Anderson has been hailed by the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, as 'phenomenal and one of a kind' and now, for Brighton Fesival 20018, she's joining ranks with virtuoso pianist Nikki Yeoh, and Mercury Music Prize-winning rapper Speech Debelle.

Brighton bound Catholic Action are a product of Glasgow's famously fertile music scene but have won fans across the UK thanks to a run of peerless pop tunes.

Roger Daltrey is set to release new solo album, As Long As I Have You, which features Pete Townshend's inimitable guitar on seven tracks as well as guest performances from Mick Talbot on keyboards (Dexys, The Style Council).

RadioReverb, Brighton's not for profit radio station, will be Broadcast Media Partner for Brighton Festival 2018, following last year's partnership.

As part of World Poetry Day, the world's first and only mobile poetic first aid service will be open to everyone at Jubilee Square, Brighton, on Wednesday 21st March 2018, 11am – 4pm. 

Snow Patrol will return later this spring with Wildness, their first album in seven years, which finds the band searching for clarity, connection, and meaning, while staying true to the melodic songwriting prowess that brought them to prominence. 

The sexual health and contraception (SHAC) team in Brighton will be using new visual aids to help overcome female patients' embarrassment and stigma about their bodies after receiving a donation from Brighton artist, Jamie McCartney.

“Sometimes you have to go to the edge of the world in order to come back again,” says Chris Difford on the rollercoaster ride his eventful life in the music business has provided.

Reef, the revitalised west-country quartet, have returned with Revelation, their first studio album since 2000's, Getaway.  
The Damned by Steve Gullick 2018

It's 2018 and the results of The Damned's collaboration with another legend from pop's golden age – Tony Visconti, is about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting public

Described as “the missing link between David Bowie and The Sex Pistols” Doctors of Madness exploded onto the music scene in 1975 with their theatrical, William Burroughs-inspired Sci-fi nightmare, they were misunderstood by many, but those who knew understood the importance of the band's dangerous, uncompromising approach to lyrics, to music and to performance.

In 2015 The Handsome Family became famous for providing the theme tune to Season 1 of HBO's hit TV drama series True Detective, introducing them to a whole new audience and a whole load of new fans. 
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Brighton Dome joins forces with Brighton Women's Centre and Brighton Museum to celebrate International Women's Day 2018. Enjoy stalls, talks, tasters and specially commissioned work reflecting on the issues raised throughout the day.

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