‘HS2’ cash should be spent on extending existing rail network

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There is still time to catch “If it’s Laughter you’re after” at The Princess Theatre this Thursday afternoon before the show makes way for “The Great British Seaside Special”.

Billed as our very own End of the Pier Show – if we still had one – this perfect mix of music, dance, magic and comedy opens at 7.30pm on July 30 and will continue on all four Thursday evenings in August.

With prices ranging from £4 for a child to £8.50 for an adult, with concessions at just £6, the Princess should have a full house for all five shows.

Still on the subject of value for money, the Norton Hill Light Railway at Snettisham opens on July 26 and 27 from 1pm to 5pm in support of Hunstanton & District Rotary Club. Admission to the grounds with its various stalls is free for children and £1 for adults. The fare to ride on the 1km track is £1.50 for each person.

The popularity of light railways such as Norton Hill is a poignant reminder of the one that used to run the length of Hunstanton pier, and I cannot help thinking that the most fitting tribute to the memory of Henry le Strange would be to reconnect Hunstanton with the national rail network. This was Henry’s brainchild, but sadly he died just weeks before the line to King’s Lynn opened in 1862.

More recently, I took the train from London to Lynn and was impressed by the journey time. My only regret was that I had to complete the journey to Hunstanton by road instead of rail.

Perhaps common sense may yet prevail and instead of squandering tax-payers money on ‘High Speed 2’ the cash will be used to better effect on improving and extending the existing rail network.

Defeatists will probably pour scorn on the idea, but if I am ‘flying a kite’ when it comes to restoring this important rail link, I am in good company. And there will soon be real kite fliers in our midst, because on Sunday, August 16, Smithdon High School will be hosting the 19th Annual Kite Festival and Classic Car Rally.

This is another event organised by Hunstanton & District Rotary Club; on this occasion in association with Tapping House Hospice.

For the past three years the Kite Festival has been run in conjunction with the RNLI which has shared 25 per cent of the profits, amounting to a total of nearly £6,300 over the three-year period...

Now for something completely different, as they used to say in Monty Python, because on Wednesday, August 12, Sue Burge will once again be the tutor for a Creative Writing Day School held at Hunstanton Heritage Centre (next to the Princess Theatre) from 10am-4pm.

The theme is ‘The Seasons’ and it promises to be an inspiring day for all levels of experience.

As Sue puts it: “Just come along with pen and paper and join this friendly and informal session intended to release the writer within!”

The fee is £28 and to book email Sue at skburge@outlook.com or phone her on 01553 692798 and for more details go to www.sueburge.uk