That’s Entertainment by Andy Tyler Friday, August 21

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I write the column this week with the rain beating down outside, so I thought it might be a good idea to take a look at what’s coming up to entertain us in the area later, when the weather may really be on the miserable side. I found plenty to drive away the gloom, not surprisingly!

Between the late summer and Christmas, King’s Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society (the KLODS to you and me) will be holding performances of their version of the ever-popular series The Vicar of Dibley, which should bring some welcome humour – and on a more gruesome note the King’s Lynn Players will be scaring and amusing us, no doubt, with a production of The Addams Family!

Over at Watlington, the autumn play will be a production of The Winslow Boy ( I appeared in a scene from this as a schoolboy myself) and then the Christmas panto will be Dick Whittington.

The grand operetta The Yeomen of The Guard will be The West Norfolk Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s next production, and I for one can’t wait to see and hear this masterpiece conducted by Michael Hankinson. Rehearsals start on September 10 at North Wootton Village Hall.

So that was a taste of what’s coming up in the near future, so please do visit the various organisations’ websites for further information and contact details.

Moving from the theatre to the art world, I recommend two exhibitions. Over in Holt, the Bircham Gallery at 14, Market Place, NR25 6BW is presenting a summer exhibition featuring works by selected artists and jewellery by Ulla Hornfeldt. This exciting exhibition runs until September 9; why not visit the gallery’s website or call 01263 713312 for all the details?

Here in Lynn, at our famous Hanse House, you have until August 25 to view over 80 pieces, produced by members of St Germans Art Club. The exhibition is open from 10am until 5pm each day except next Tuesday when it closes at 4pm. I know there will be much on display to give pleasure to visitors.

And so to music! As readers may know, I usually attend at least a couple of BBC Proms during the season, but nearer to home, Holkham Hall is putting on its own Last Night of The Proms on the evening of Sunday, August 30. The gates will open at 4.30pm that afternoon in order to allow patrons to set out picnics, and take up positions, and then the celebrations and music start at 7.30pm. For details visit www.holkham.co.uk

The BBC’s Fiona Bruce is the compere for this grand event and it should be an excellent night’s entertainment.

A musical coffee morning will be held next Wednesday, August, 26, at 10.30am. The venue will be St John’s Church on The Walks at Lynn and the gig is free, but please donate to church funds. The music sounds great, with a programme that includes some gentle Irish tunes, so to get those eyes smiling, why not get along?

Don’t forget THIS weekend The Hanseatic Ski Race takes place! It’s organised by Hunstanton Ski Club with support from the Borough Council. Live entertainment, will be provided in between races, which are held between 10.30am -1pm tomorrow and 11am- 2pm on Sunday. I will see you there!

Lastly, tomorrow, over in Roydon there is “A Bit of a Do” arranged between 10am and 4pm at the church. There is plenty to enjoy including children’s fancy dress and dog activities as well as refreshments and family fun!