Music legend Carl Leighton-Pope has donated thousands of tickets to the country’s Armed Forces for his Swinging Sixties gig, Carnaby Street -The Concert, through the charity Tickets For Troops.

The concert which is based on the fabulous tour, Carnaby Street The Musical has assembled some of its incredible cast members to perform all the great songs from the 60’s in full costume for “One Night in the Marquee”, the famous 60’s club, birthplace of The Who, Manfred Mann, The Moody Blues and many more.

Current serving military personnel and those medically discharged since 2001 will be entertained by an amazing 6-piece band, led by an array of fantastic singers. Tickets have been offered for shows all over the country starting at St David’s Hall, Cardiff and including venues such as The Pavilion Theatre in Cromer and The Wyvern Theatre in Swindon.

Carl Leighton-Pope, who is also one of Tickets For Troops’ board members said “As a board member, I am fully committed to the charity, which is why we invited so many servicemen to see the touring version of Carnaby Street The Musical last year. The tickets were immediately taken up, which is why we thought, offering tickets for this year’s Carnaby Street Band tour would be a great night out”

Lord Marland, Chairman of Tickets For Troops said “We are extremely grateful to Carl for donating such a wide spread of tickets for his 60’s show. This is a significant year for our UK Armed Forces, as we remember the 100th Anniversary of World War One, and we are delighted that he and the band members will be supporting our marvellous service personnel.”

Registered troops can apply online by visiting ticketsfortroops.org.uk. The charity has over 135,000 members of the military registered and has distributed nearly 500,000 tickets for events ranging from The Olympics and Paralympics,  England football, the rugby Premiership, top class cricket, darts, horse racing and snooker as well as major theatre performances and music events.


Behind the rise of Boko Haram

Islamist militancy in Nigeria is being strengthened by western and regional fossil fuel interests

The kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian school girls, and the massacre of as many as 300 civilians in the town of Gamboru Ngala, by the militant al-Qaeda affiliated group, Boko Haram, has shocked the world.

But while condemnations have rightly been forthcoming from a whole range of senior figures from celebrities to government officials, less attention has been paid to the roots of the crisis.

“…poor responses to climatic shifts create shortages of resources such as land and water. Shortages are followed by negative secondary impacts, such as more sickness, hunger, and joblessness. Poor responses to these, in turn, open the door to conflict.”

“It has become a pattern; we saw it happen in 2006; it happened again in 2008 and in 2010. If you remember, President (Olusegun) Obasanjo had to deploy the military in 2006 to Yobe State, Borno State and Katsina State. These are some of the states bordering Niger Republic and today they are the hotbeds of the Boko Haram.”

“Oil reserves are dropping, our output is dropping too… We need to do more in this regards to have more reserves. We have reached the plateau of production in the Niger Delta and we are already going down.”

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