Highcross is getting into the festive spirit with a late-night Christmas festival

By Elliot Leadbetter

Highcross in Leicester has introduced a new event in the run-up to Christmas this year, Frostival.

Large crowds are set to attend the winter festival, with live music, light shows and animated dancing performances.

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The festival is taking place this Thursday (NOV23), between 5pm and 9pm in St Peter’s Square.

Sam French, a representative for Highcross shopping centre, said: “We want to position Highcross as an integral part of the community and wider town centre events on the traditional Christmas lights switch on night.”

Ballerinas will attempt to recreate captivating scenes from Tchaiskovsky’s famous Swan Lake Ballet, and winged dancers will also take centre stage wearing lit-up costumes.

Sam added: “The Swan Lake performances are set to be spectacular and the snow lion is worth having a selfie with!”

There will also be an opportunity to see stilt walkers, including the Ice Prince and Princess, the Ice Queen and Snow Cats, complete with animatronic puppetry.

The event promises a festive atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy.

The Schedule

Swan Lake – 6.15pm and 8.45pm

Winged Ice Dancers – 5.10pm, 7.20pm and 8.25pm

The Snow Lion – 5.40pm, 6.45pm and 7.50pm

Ice Prince and Princess – 5.25pm, 6.30pm and 7.35pm

More information about the event can be found on the Highcross PLUS App, including details on how to claim a free gift for the kids.

Member of DMU staff wins FA prize

By Conor de Smith.

De Montfort University’s Grace Morgan has been named as one of the winners of the #JoinOurSquad initiative.

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Morgan, a former Journalism student who is now a Graduate Sports Development Assistant at DMU, has won 10 tickets to the SSE Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley in May.

The winners were personally chosen by Manchester City forward Nikita Parris and Twice the Health as part of the FA Girls’ Football Week.

Participants were encouraged to share their experiences by sharing a ‘squad selfie’ using #JoinOurSquad to stand a chance of winning prizes.

That is exactly what Grace Morgan, 23, opted to do and it ultimately paid dividends for the Leicester City Women player.

“I’m over the moon to win the tickets and I’m so excited for the cup final,” she said. “It will be the first time I’ve been and it’s a great opportunity for the girls to see a professional game live too.

“I never in a million years thought I would win. There were so many amazing events held all over the country throughout the week at different institutions, the week was a total success.”

A number of activities took place at universities and colleges across the country. De Montfort had five days of events including a campus crossbar challenge, free five-a-side games and a Soccercise class and UV football.

The event took place from 6-12 November and is a national campaign that aims to encourage girls to take part in football.

Grace added: “I think it’s fantastic to have these weeks because it offers girls the opportunity to join events for beginners and not feel intimidated, they really can come along and give it a go without any obligations to sign up.”

Students looking to get involved with women’s football should follow @DMUWFC on either Twitter or Facebook.

Students brush up on breast cancer awareness

By Holly Hume

University students in Leicester were reminded to check their boobs on Friday by the breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel.

 

The charity aims to raise awareness and the team at De Montfort University set up a stall on campus to encourage women to check their boobs for signs of cancer more often.

CoppaFeel was set up by breast cancer survivor Kristin Hallenga in 2009. When she was diagnosed at age 23 she had not realised young people could be affected and decided that awareness needed to increase.

Kristin’s cancer was unfortunately incurable by the time she got around to being checked, so while she lives with the consequences for the rest of her life, her charity strives to inform people of all ages to prevent cases such as hers.

CoppaFeel works with schools, universities and offices across England and teaches the signs of breast cancer in men and women.

The CoppaFeel website states: “We’re here to help everyone stand the best possible chance of surviving breast cancer by educating you on the importance of getting to know your boobs!

“Our Mission: To stop breast cancer being diagnosed late or incorrectly by… encouraging you to check your boobs regularly from a young age…educating you on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer….empowering you to seek advice from a doctor if symptoms persist.”

Since the charity is for awareness only, it uses donations to send monthly text reminders to check your boobs for signs of cancer.

To find out more visit https://coppafeel.org/

Students in Leicester set to gain insight from one of world’s leading scientists

By Elliot Leadbetter

One of the world’s leading scientists, Nobel Prize winner Sir Paul Nurse will be holding a guest lecture at De Montfort University entitled ‘Making Science Work’.

Sir Paul is a geneticist and cell biologist, and his discoveries have aided the explanation of cell growth and division.

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Sir Paul Nurse, Nobel Prize winner

Professor Parvez Haris, Head of Research for the School of Allied Health Sciences at De Montfort University, said: “What I like about Sir Paul Nurse is that he truly cares for science and is working day and night to make a difference for us all.

“Sir Paul wants to see support for research wherever it is found, which is great news for researchers wherever they are based, whether that be in industry, charities, research institutes or universities.”

After being awarded a knighthood in 1999 for his contributions to cell biology and cancer research, Sir Paul was awarded a Nobel Prize in 2001 for his research on the discovery of molecules that regulate the cell cycle.

He served as the president of The Royal Society for a five-year term, and is now Director of the Crick Institute, one of the world’s leading centres for biomedical research.

Professor Parvez added: “I would like to see Sir Paul being named as the ‘People’s Scientist’, because winning a Nobel Prize did not keep him away from the public.

“Instead of a quiet life, he chose to engage with the public, the politicians and the researchers to make science work for all of us, including our environment.

“It is therefore no wonder that despite his busy schedule, he accepted my invitation to come and present a lecture to our students, staff and the local community.”

In his lecture, Sir Paul will discuss how science can improve health and quality of life, solve the world’s biggest problems, drive our economies, enhance our culture, and develop civilization.

The lecture will be held on December 6 for an hour, starting at 2pm, book a place here.

 

Leicester supercar instructor teaches former Doctor Who star a lesson

By Jack Gabriel

A supercar driving instructor from Leicestershire entertained a very special guest last Friday, as he helped actor Matt Smith get behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Gallardo.

Conor Muldoon, 21, from Fleckney, instructed the former Doctor Who star at Dunsfold Park in Surrey, the same track used by hit automotive TV show, Top Gear.

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TURBO TEACHER: Conor behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Gallardo

Conor said: “He’s a cool guy. I was a bit star-struck at first, but he was very down to earth and just your average lad really.

“He was a good driver. He listened to me really well and took on board all the advice I had for him.”

Smith had been treated to the lush Lamborghini experience by his sister, but Conor says he wasn’t aware of who he was instructing at first.

“I only found out five minutes before the start of the lesson. He was heavily dressed to avoid attention, so I didn’t recognise him at first.”

He added: “As soon as he took off his hat in the car, I got a little nervous, but he was very friendly and engaging about the course.”

The experience was provided by Everyman Motor Racing, a company Conor has worked for since his graduation from Nottingham Trent University in the summer.

The business allows Conor to travel the country to control supercars at all of its unique tracks, an aspect he relishes.

“It’s a dream job given the calibre of cars I get to drive. I see it as more of a hobby and I always look forward to getting behind the wheel.”

Leicestershire boasts three tracks for motor-racing enthusiasts to sample, located at Prestwold, Lutterworth and Mallory Park.

Manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche are notable examples of the exciting supercar brands afforded to instructors and participants at those circuits.

Supercar and rally driving experiences can be found at http://www.everymanracing.co.uk/