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Appeal for information from St George's Guildhall Theatre King's Lynn

Andrew Jarvis, the artistic director of the King’s Lynn Shakespeare Festival Theatre Company, is appealing to readers for assistance.

There are two historic and important theatre models belonging to the Guildhall of St. George, which for many years have lain unloved and neglected backstage at the Guildhall Theatre.

They were in desperate need of restoration and renovation in order that they could be exhibited to the public.

An appeal from St George's Guildhall theatre to readers for help in finding out who N. Terry is. (52702945)
An appeal from St George's Guildhall theatre to readers for help in finding out who N. Terry is. (52702945)

Thanks to the generosity of Sir Ian McKellen and the extraordinary restorative skill of Michelle Andrews, the work is now complete and both models are currently on display in the auditorium of the Guildhall Theatre.

However, in the process of her work, Michelle came across an interesting discovery.

We know that the models were created by the great historical theatre expert Richard Southern in 1949/50 but on one of the models there is also a reference to a certain N. Terry who joined him in the work.

Guildhall of St George in Lynn. (50427840)
Guildhall of St George in Lynn. (50427840)

However, the initial N of N. Terry seems to be the individual’s middle initial.

Because -engraved on the base on one of the theatre models, there was originally clearly an initial of a first Christian name but one which has worn away over time and has therefore become undetectable.

Who N Terry is, is a complete mystery. He or she is thought to be a local inhabitant of Lynn but that is all that is known.

Andrew Jarvis said: " We wonder if there is anyone out there who might have some information on who this person might be.

"They deserve their share of the credit. We would be most grateful for any information, however slight, to help us to identify and celebrate this person’s contribution."

"Please write to: jarvis-andrew@hotmail.com

"As an inducement, there are prizes, for any information received each person will receive a King’s Lynn Shakespeare Festival Theatre Company shoulder bag and pen. Thank you."

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