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Celebrate With Us On LoveMK Day!

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Posted by David Pibworth on 28/04/2020 @ 8:00AM

We'll be joining in the celebrations this Thursday (the 30th April) for the eighth #LoveMK Day 2020. Will you? Organised by the official tourism organisation Destination Milton Keynes (DMK), this special day usually promotes Milton Keynes as a leisure and business destination ...

We'll be celebrating #LoveMK day on Thursday! Will you?

We'll be celebrating #LoveMK day on Thursday! Will you?


However, this year DMK have chosen to highlight and celebrate all the people and businesses who are going above and beyond to support their community and spread joy during this difficult time.

DMK is asking residents of Milton Keynes to head over to their social media channels on Thursday, to praise the people in the community who are doing amazing things. If you know someone then why not give them some recognition? Remember to use the hashtag #Lovemk.

"We have been getting involved with #LoveMK day
for a few years now!"

It is amazing to see just how many fantastic businesses there are in our city. I think this year will be much more poignant and it will give us all a chance to thank all the kind and special people who are going the extra mile for all of us.

To add our own positivity and spread some joy on the day, we will be running a little competition of our own on our social media channels! We will be giving away a pair of tickets to each of our three productions at our outdoor theatre near Olney, to three lucky people. It will be something to look forward to.

The three productions to choose from are:

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream performed by Etcetera Theatre Company on 6-8 August

  • The Merchant of Venice performed by The Wet Mariners on 15 August (matinee/evening)

  • Allo 'Allo! performed by Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy (MKTOC) on 12th/13th and 19th/20th September

To be in with the chance of winning, all you need to do on Thursday (30 April) is head over to our Twitter Profile and like/retweet our post or visit our Facebook Page, find our competition post, like it and tag who you will be bringing in the comments. Good luck!

Staying with the positives, the brilliant David Lovesy from Hive Creative and MKTOC has been collecting great news stories from in and around Milton Keynes over the last few weeks. He has now compiled a new online publication called 'upshotMK'. Here is the latest edition! He is always looking for stories so if you have one, why not let him know!

We hope you'll be able to join us online on Thursday with #LoveMK Day. See you then!

Until next time ...



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About David Pibworth ...


David is the owner and Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes. Productions are underneath some flood arches on the disused Midland railway line (Bedford to Northampton). It is equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. You bring your food, drink and chairs and enjoy the varied shows that are produced. This year - 2022 - there are 12 productions on throughout the season, from Shakespeare to Ripping Yarns plus a music weekend.

David has been involved in 'Light Ent' for many years, working with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the scripts of 'Steptoe and Son' and those of Tony Hancock to the stage. He has produced shows for Norman Wisdom (which makes him feel old), Al Murray, and Joe Pasquale amongst others, and also worked in the music business promoting and producing shows with Chas and Dave, Neil Inness, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and others of that ilk.

He is also the director of a film school for young people in his home town of Olney as well as supporting many local events.

He recently negotiated permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to stage a short run of 'Porridge' on stage which proved a success.

This year the annual charity performance at The Arches Theatre will be the last of 'Ripping Yarns' by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, with the profits being donated to The National Brain Appeal' for research into dementia as David's father and uncle died of it, as did Michael Palin's friend and writing partner Terry Jones. Last year they raised an astonishing £10,000 and are hoping to get somewhere close again with the support of audiences and sponsors.

David also has a stage hire company and his wife Julie runs a livery yard, so they are surrounded by horses, dogs, light entertainment and and a 17 year old daughter.

He plays in a comedy jazz band and collects strange props such as the Spitting Image puppets of Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett, the child catchers bike from the stage show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and various other 'things' all of which he sells to raise money for the Arches Theatre, although he always finds it hard to part from these props. However as the theatre receives no funding at all, he is always devising ways to keep it going! Sponsors are always welcome!


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