Val and I were recently invited along to the fabulous Peaky Blinders Bar on Peter Street in Manchester for an evening of drinks, a lovely meal and live music.

It was a pleasure to meet the managers of the bar and the actors who portray the characters from the popular BBC drama Peaky Blinders.

Having had a small role on an episode of series two of the programme, that has now gained a cult following, I was really looking forward to seeing what the pub had to offer and I can tell you that I wasn't disappointed.

What a fantastic evening we had. After being warmly greeted at the door we were lead upstairs to the VIP booths where a table had been reserved for us directly opposite the balcony where the band, Matt & Donal, were playing.

We were then introduced to Scott Blower the best look alike of actor Cillian Murphy, who plays Thomas Shelby in the drama, I have ever seen!

Scott was joined by Aran Walker who is a look alike of Tom Hardy, who plays Alfie Solomons, and as you can see from this week's photograph, he looks every bit as menacing as the man himself! Two absolute gentlemen who were friendly and approachable and, dressed in character, gave a genuine touch of the 1920s nostalgia.

I can honestly say I have never been to a more friendly and fun bar than the Peaky Blinders Bar. Everyone was singing along to the band as they danced the night away. I loved how the bar mirrors the programmes authentic 1920s look but combines it with a modern day soundtrack. It's a fantastic mix that really works well.

We really loved the whole experience of our visit to the Peaky Blinders Bar and would like to thank the management for inviting us along. We had a brilliant night and will definitely be calling in again soon, by order of the Peaky Blinders!

The following day we went along to the Flixton, Urmston and Davyhulme Carnival on Woodsend Playing Fields in Flixton.

We had a lovely afternoon walking around the stalls and the fun fair. It was also nice to have a catch up with our Mayor and Mayoress who were there to judge the Carnival Queens and other competitions throughout the day.

I think it is fantastic that the organisers (Janine Bezer - chair, Sue Broome - Queens Organiser and Pip Temple-Heald - Field Organiser) have worked so hard to keep this local annual tradition alive, spending months getting everything put in place to bring the community together for this great family day out and despite the weather this year, making it a success.

Janine's daughter Keira Bezer, who was this year's Queen, also helped out by organising all the stalls and prizes.

It was a great way to finish off our weekend and we look forward to next year's carnival.

See you next week!