A Fond Farrwell to Jim at King’s Lynn theatre

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The King’s Lynn Players are holding a variety concert to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK and the British Heart Foundation in memory of their former chairman who died suddenly last year.

A Fond Farrwell is being hosted by the Players who plan to honour Jim Farr, with the help of his widow, Jane, and daughter Laura, at Lynn Arts Centre next week.

Carol Beveridge, chairman of the Players, said: “Jim was such a well-known figure throughout the Eastern Region because of his work with the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA), that his sudden death last year dealt a severe blow to those of us who had the pleasure of working with him over the years.”

Jim was chairman of the Players from 1944 to 2008, but held a lifelong passion for theatre and amateur dramatics which is to be celebrated with an evening of laughter, dance and songs including many of his favourite numbers from the musicals staged by the Players over the years.

His journey with the Players started with their production of Robert and Elizabeth in 1971 and continued until his death in 2013.

He took part in many plays and musicals over the years and directed Anne of Green Gables in 1995.

Jim also led the society as it presented its first production at the Corn Exchange, Camelot in 1997, since when it has hosted over 12 productions at the same venue, including, Copacabana, Witches of Eastwick and West Side Story.

One of his greatest achievements was to host the NODA Eastern Region Conference and annual general meeting in 2004.

Representatives from across the east attended the event which culminated in a Youth Festival with over 300 performers.

Jim’s involvement with NODA continued until last year when at the time of his death he had fulfilled his ambition to become Regional Councillor.

Carol added: “Several local societies are joining us in presenting this concert because of the impact Jim made. King’s Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society (KLODS), The Lynn Academy of Dancing and the Lavender Hill Mob are just some of the groups taking part.”

Join the celebration of Jim’s life next Friday and Saturday from 7.30pm at Lynn’s Arts Centre, tickets cost £10 and are available from the box office on 01553 764864.