Mardling and music show at Hunstanton

Ian Prettyman and Keith Skipper will stage a night of mardling and music at Hunstanton
Ian Prettyman and Keith Skipper will stage a night of mardling and music at Hunstanton

Two of the area’s best-known performers are heading for Hunstanton to start their final fundraising tour of local churches.

Writer, broadcaster and entertainer Keith Skipper is again teaming up with Methodist preacher Ian Prettyman to present one of their popular Mardling and Music Evenings at St Edmund’s Church, Hunstanton, on Saturday at 7.30pm.

They have appeared on stage together on many occasions as part of productions of All Preachers Great and Small in churches and as members of the much-loved Press Gang entertainment troupe in theatres and village halls over a period of 25 years.

Keith, based in Cromer, will share favourite church and chapel yarns as well as a Bible reading in his beloved Norfolk dialect, while Ian Prettyman from Lowestoft provides musical items, including traditional East Anglian fishing and farming songs and a rousing medley on his melodeon.

Keith said: “We are delighted to visit St Edmund’s at the beginning of our final tour, raising vital funds for a wonderful church and, hopefully, a few hearty laughs as well. We like to keep it cheerful and Ian’s turn on the melodeon is bound to set feet tapping.

“We make good use of our Norfolk-Suffolk rivalry but always find complete harmony when it comes to the specific target in mind – encouraging local communities to support an important drive for extra resources.”

Tickets are £10 to include refreshments and are available from Stephen Andrews at St Edmund’s Church and from the Hunstanton Tourist Information Centre.

This event is being supported by the Hunstanton and District Festival of Arts.