That’s Entertainment by Andy Tyler: Friday, November 27

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We start this week in the popular field of local and East Anglian books.

I have heard from Gareth Calway and he wishes to draw attention to his new book entitled: Doin’ Different: New Ballads from the East of England. It’s a new publication from Poppyland Publishing and retails at £10.95 in paperback. The book is a collection of 39 new ballads based on stories and events from Norfolk and further into the East of England. Sounds like another great Christmas present idea so why not give the author a ring on 01485 571828 for further details?

I am also pleased to report that the launch of the book King’s Lynn and the Hanseatic League was a great success and local Year 5 primary school children are getting excited receiving their free copies. Don’t worry, the fascinating local book can also be enjoyed by people of all ages and at only £9.99 it should make an excellent Christmas gift. Copies are available at True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum and Lynn’s TIC.

It’s now time for a couple of reminders. Tea, cakes and Christmas music will be available on the afternoon of Sunday, December 13, starting at 3pm. The usual venue is The Minster Vicarage in Lynn and it will be just another great way to get into the Christmas spirit. Admission is free.

Also at The Minster Church is their famous Christmas Fayre tomorrow between 10am and 2.30pm. There will be all the usual amusements to keep us entertained and the WhiteFriars C of England Primary Academy Choir will be singing a selection of super seasonal songs. The school is an award-winning institution, so it’s surely going to be cool. Why not get over to The Minster tomorrow, and enjoy all the fun?

It’s all happening again at Thursford, of course, with their collection spectacular, which runs until December 23. Musical magic and seasonal entertainment is on offer, so to find out more about their merry mirth visit the Thursford website now!

The Gemini Ensemble is celebrating its 40th season and is currently Ensemble in Residence at Bristol University. The group is highly thought of and so it’s a pleasure they can come and play music by Milhaud, Bruch, Beethoven and Mozart (his famous Kegelstatt trio) at the King’s Lynn Festival. The appropriate venue is certainly Lynn’s historic Town Hall and the concert starts at 7.30pm this very evening. There should be a few tickets left, contact 01553 764864 now.

As usual there’s plenty going on at Westacre Theatre. The Jo Pluckrose and Steven Skipper art exhibition continues until January 2 and there is a performance of Shirley Valentine tonight and tomorrow. Pre- performance suppers are also available. Visit the theatre’s website for all the details or call the box office on 01760 755 800.

I was intrigued by a note from the Bag Ladies of Thornham who have a winter gift fair at the village hall this weekend, open from 10am-4pm both days. You can pick up some unique gifts and at the same time you’ll be helping raise funds for village projects.

Getting into the Christmas spirit, here are a couple of events you may enjoy. Over at Hunstanton, a great Light Switch-On event takes place this Sunday between 10am and 6pm; all are welcome and it should be a great family fun day out. At Lynn, I see the King Edward VII Academy is holding a Christmas Craft and Gift Fair, also this Sunday between 10am and 2pm; again, all are welcome.