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King’s Lynn Beake Speaks columnist Jenny Beake on QEH, classical music and having a doppelganger

It was a surreal feeling to be at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to witness the knocking down of the Inspire Centre.

This is phase one of the plans to rebuild the hospital by building a multi-storey car park in its place and then to build new buildings on the old car park.

My dad died in the QEH after three months of being there having suffered a stroke so it was with a lump in my throat driving back through the car park.

Jenny Beake is a reporter for Lynn News and writes a weekly column Beake Speaks
Jenny Beake is a reporter for Lynn News and writes a weekly column Beake Speaks

It is 20 years ago now but it is odd to relive those feelings of anxiety and quite rightly the staff and workers on site want to limit people anxieties as much as possible while the build take place.

It was interesting chatting to people in Downham a couple of weeks ago to hear the reaction of the news of the hospital and most people I spoke with had a personal connection with it.

Each had a story where they or a family member had to visit the hospital and that the news was good and 2030 is in sight.

Tonight I will be going along to Classical Music Rocks at St Nicholas chapel.

Tabitha Kaye wrote an excellent piece in Lynn News' What's On about it continuing the legacy of King's Lynn Music Society which has sadly disbanded.

As one door closes another opens as they say.

I was told that I have a doppelgänger and I wasn't sure how I felt about someone else looking like and being like me.

I was convinced I am unique.

Turns out there is a person who works as a dog groomer who is my spitting image.

I can't wit to meet him.

Not only do I look like someone else, and be assured it is a woman , I think, but that I also sound like someone.

I was busy interviewing Barry Steele who will be performing as Roy Orbison at the Alive Corn Exchange on Saturday, June 24.

I was coming up with really pertinent questions such as, was Jeff Lynne the guy who wrote War of The Worlds, when Roy, aka Barry said I sounded like his doctor.

We are all dealt a hand in life and Barry's was to play the legendary singer's music and travel and tour the country.

Mine is to look like a dog groomer and ask if my next patient is ready.

Apparently I have the soothing tones a doctor should have and perhaps my bedside manner is something I can add to my CV.

But I quite like the idea of being Roy Orbison's aka Barry Steele's doctor.

Anything you want?

You got it.

If anything I would rather be Tom Jones' doctor.

But hey, it's not unusual.

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