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Pete takes new track; MUSEUM: Pop mogul returning to city to give lecture on his love of trains.

Byline: By Dayle Crutchlow

COVENTRY-BORN music mogul Pete Waterman is returning to his home city to deliver a lecture - on his passion for trains.

He will be guest speaker at the second Cyril Scott Memorial Lecture, on Thursday, October 18.

The talk, entitled Steaming Ahead, will take place at Coventry Transport Museum at 7.30pm.

The memorial lectures were created last year to honour Cyril Scott, the first curator of the transport museum, who was appointed during the rebuilding of Coventry after the Second World War.

Pete Waterman rose from being a working-class Coventry kid to a global pop phenomenon.

He has produced and written more than 200 hits in the last 25 years, including smash hits for Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley and Steps.

His celebrity status has soared through his involvement in TV talent shows Pop Idol, Pop Stars - the Rivals and Pop Idol 2.

But his other interests include a fascination in the history of steam trains. His Channel 4 TV series on the history of the locomotive was later repeated on the Discovery Channel.

He is also an avid collector of classic motor cars.

Nicola Roach, development officer at the museum, said: "As a Coventry kid, Pete is proud to be giving the second Cyril Scott Memorial Lecture, which aims to celebrate transport history and the importance of the city of Coventry in its development."

Tickets cost pounds 12.50 and must be booked in advance on a first-come, first-served basis, by calling 024 7623 4270.

All the proceeds will go to a charity of Pete's choice.

Nibbles and wine will be provided by the museum.

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Date:Sep 6, 2007
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