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Incorporating dramatic stills and video clips, local man Alan Hinkes illuminates his extreme exploits on the highest Himalaya mountains. Alan is one of an exclusive club of only 12 people alive who have summited all the world's highest mountains - the same number of people who have stood on the moon.
Alan's talk is poignant, humorous, inspiring and entertaining. He also illustrates his passion for the hills of Britain, rock climbing and tramping the fells, ice climbing and his plans for the future. An evening not to be missed.
About Alan Hinkes OBE
Alan is the first Briton to have climbed the world's highest mountains, the fourteen 8000m peaks, all of which are in the 'death zone', where human survival rate is measured in hours. They are the most dangerous mountains on the planet and many have perished attempting the challenge.
Alan began his mountaineering career whilst at Northallerton Grammar School. He progressed to the Alps with ascents of many difficult mountains, including the notorious North Face of the Eiger, eventually graduating to the Himalaya.
He works as an outdoor equipment technical consultant, writes for magazines and lectures on his exploits. He is also an accomplished cameraman (filming 11 documentaries), photographer, author, motivational speaker, environmentalist and mountain guide. His book '8000 Metres Climbing the World's Highest Mountains' won the TGO Awards 'Outdoor Book of the Year'.
Alan was awarded the OBE in the 2006 New Year's Honours. He is an Honorary Citizen of his home town, Northallerton; Yorkshireman of the Year; an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sunderland; Honorary Doctor of the University of York, Honorary Doctor of Teesside University, and has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Royal Institute of Navigation and the President’s Award for Outstanding Voluntary Contribution to Water Aid. He is involved in charitable work including, Water Aid, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, British Red Cross and Mountain Rescue.
Alan lives in North Yorkshire and enjoys being in the hills, rock climbing and fellwalking. You will regularly see him in the Lake District and Yorkshire tramping the fells and moors, clinging to a rock face or climbing a frozen waterfall.
SUGGS: A Life in the Realm of Madness…
Due to huge popular demand after his first tour-de-force, smash hit, sell out tour, ‘My Life Story’, Suggs is treading the boards again with a brand new show.
If the first show was about how on earth he got there, ‘Suggs: A Life in the Realm of Madness…’ is about the surprises that awaited him when he did.
Vertigo on the roof of Buckingham Palace ... nearly blowing the closing ceremony of the Olympics ... the embarrassing stuff that happened at Glastonbury - things have certainly gone a 'smidge' surreal since the Madness frontman was a twelve year old in shorts on the tough streets of North London.
Constantly expecting an inevitable tap on the shoulder to hear ‘What are you doing here, sunshine?’ Suggs ponders on how he has come this far. In this business you can be washed up at any minute. How has he managed to get away with it for so long?
Fame is a tightrope and Suggs has fallen off many times.
With help from Deano, his trusty pianist, he tells his story in words and music with the help of some Madness classics and a couple more 'what he wrote all on himself'.
Sky sports tv pundit and former professional footballer and manager Paul Merson will be here live on The Forum stage talking about the highs and lows of playing the beautiful game for top teams including Arsenal, Middlesbrough and England and his (often public) battle with depression and addictions.
A night not to be missed that will be full of never heard before stories and laughs!
VIP tickets are £30 and include a meet and greet with Paul and a photo that will be printed on the night.
Sailing dangerously close to National Treasure status, one of the most outspoken politicians of our time, Ann Widdecombe, embarks on her first ever national tour.
Entertaining, enlightening and as controversial as you would expect, Margaret Thatcher and Craig Revel Horwood collide as Ann lifts the lid on life in Westminster and shares behind-the-scenes gossip from some of the nation’s best-loved programmes, including Strictly Come Dancing, Have I Got News For You and Celebrity Big Brother.
Alan Johnson is one of the most popular politicians of recent times and now a best-selling author, his memoirs 'This Boy, Please Mr Postman and The Long and Winding Road' selling half a million copies to date.
Inspired by his latest book 'In My Life', in this highly entertaining show Alan tells his personal story with the help of some of the music that has soundtracked his life, from growing up as an orphan in a West London slum in the 1950s to becoming a postman and his subsequent rise through the Labour Party ranks to hold several cabinet posts, including that of Home Secretary.