Heritage Day entertainers

The Kings Morris men performing in Lynn earlier this year
The Kings Morris men performing in Lynn earlier this year
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Going through the Heritage Open Day brochure for King’s Lynn in more detail, I notice some exciting events taking place on the South Quay behind the Hanse House on Sunday, September 11.

The fun starts with Rachel Bea, described as a 1940s singer with a clear, authentic and romantic sound (this starts at 11am), and then the popular Nelson’s Shanty Men, keeping the tradition of the sea-shanty alive, will perform for us at 1pm.

At 2pm a group I often feature in this column, The King’s Morris and guest teams, will dance, before an afternoon of folk music in the Rathskeller Bar. Excellent entertainment! Volunteer helpers are still needed for September 11, so if you are interested in helping please contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01553 763044 or email to alisongifford@btinternet.com

You may also be interested in hearing a talk given earlier in the day by Dr. Paul Richards, starting at 11am at Marriott’s Warehouse. His subject, appropriate for this the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death, is “Shakespeare’s Lynn 1593” and it’s bound to be fascinating. There’s lots, lots ,more to enjoy and look forward to; full details are in the brochure or you can go on-line.

Much to my shame(!) I have not mentione , in the column yet, the new art gallery “ GroundWork” which is located near Lynn’s Custom House ,and is well worth a visit. If you go before September 11 the gallery’s opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday , 11am-4pm; the gallery is usually closed on a Sunday and Monday. The full address is 17 Purfleet Street.

Now it’s time for a musical round-up. As usual there’s much to mention but let’s start at Lynn’s Corn Exchange. 90 Glorious Years, next Wednesday at 2.30pm, includes a patriotic afternoon of music , memories and nostalgia presented by Neil Sands and his West End cast celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday. KLFM presents Back to the 80s at 7.30pm next Friday and lastly Jonathan Wyatt 40s Big Band Sound on Saturday, September 10, and again the starting time is 7.30pm.

Remember, we also have an exciting musical autumn coming up and the King’s Lynn Music Society and King’s Lynn Festival will start their new programmes soon. The Tuesday lunchtime recitals at The Minster continue up to and including September 27 when Adrian Richards will perform on the organ.

Music continues to be performed at St. John’s Church near The Walks and at All Saint’s Hillington Square, Lynn.

As usual there is much going on at libraries throughout West Norfolk and I will continue to give details in the column. There may just still be time to participate in 2016 The Big Friendly Read summer challenge for young people. Medal ceremonies will be taking place later in September so for all the details contact the library on 01553 772568 now!

Musically, at Lynn library, how about a free taster session which is being held next Friday, September 9, for your baby (5-18 months) at 10am, in order to communicate BEFORE speech. Booking is essential for this event and for more details visit www.singandsign.co.uk

Lastly, I recommend the Dory and Friends event at the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton (being held until September 11); the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival in the attractive walled gardens of Holkham Estate this Saturday and Sunday; the Sandringham Game and Country Fair on the weekend of September, 10 and 11; or a visit to Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum open every day 10am-5pm until October 30.