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THE clock is ticking to the ninth annual British Curry Awards, which will take place on Monday 25th November at The Battersea Evolution in London. This year will be bigger and better than ever with a new theme promised and a spectacular show being developed by director and producer, Justine Ali. Details are being kept a secret but Justine says, “This year we are pulling out all the stops. It is something you will not want to miss.” Already lots of celebrities from the worlds of TV, music and fi lm have accepted an invitation to attend, and many MPs, including senior ministers and business leaders are lined up as well. There may also be a very special guest as the keynote speaker. Watch this space for making history of this year’s new theme for our event. Nominations are fl ooding in. While the BCA

team is still counting based on what has come in so far it looks like it will be another record for entries this year. Founder, Enam Ali, says, “There is a lot of interest in this year’s event. Nominations are at a high level and tickets are selling fast. If you want to make sure of a table for this year I would urge you to book soon to avoid disappointment.” Further information, including how to book a table, can be found on: n

Pub set to reopen as curry house

AN application has been submitted to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council asking to convert the historic Deane Gate Inn into a pub. A company called FMR, based in Winchester, has

asked to transform the former pub, which was originally a coaching house, and was mentioned by Jane Austen in her writings, by extending the building and creating a mezzanine extension.

The building has

fallen into disrepair largely due to a lack of planned maintenance and the age of the property which dates back to the 18th century. The applicant claims that because of the economic effects on the public house trade using the property purely for

this purpose would not be viable. The aim is to repair and extend the existing building to create a high-quality, Indian restaurant, retaining a public house facility for local residents and non-diners. The council is due to consider the application in the next few weeks. n 49


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