Farewell gig as cabaret crooner heads to Egypt

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Singer Jon Williams is about to swap Blackpool for Egypt - but not before playing a farewell gig.

Williams quit his day job in 2008 to try and make it as a full-time crooner and secured professional cabaret work with Haven and Butlins before landing a role as production vocalist for the Britannia Hotel group a couple of years ago. He has performed at many hotels and bars in the town since and has had a regular weekly slot on the bill at The Galleon Bar - voted most popular solo act last year.

But Jon is about to leave town after securing a contract with a hotel group in Egypt and he will take up his new position as an acoustic lounge vocalist in the resort of Sharm El Sheikh from Saturday. His fans will be relieved to know that there’s one last chance to see him in action, with Jon performing an acoustic set at the Galleon tomorrow.

Noel Coward’s classic comedy Private Lives is on at Thornton Little Theatre this weekend.

It is performed by amateur group Consensus Touring Theatre on Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm.

The play is about a divorced couple who go on honeymoon with their new spouses only to find, to their horror, that their former spouses are staying in the same hotel - in the next bedroom. It was first performed in 1931, with Coward starring in it himself, alongside Gertrude Lawrence.

Later productions have involved Hollywood stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Vivien Leigh and Lawrence Oliver.

Tickets available from www.marinehall.co.uk or the box office on 01253 887693.

Chart-topping TV choirmaster Gareth Malone is on the lookout for the most talented singers in the country to form his best choir yet.

He is launching a nationwide search for accomplished singers aged 18-25 for an upcoming show.

To apply for an audition, visit www.garethmalonechoir.com Auditions are next week - and any Blackpool folk who make it and become millionaires, feel free to send me a substantial amount of cash in a brown envelope as a gesture of thanks (note to Leveson: that was just a joke).