I am pleased to report that usually my luck holds good when a Friday 13th comes along, so let’s hope the good fortune also continues into tomorrow which is, of course, not only Valentine’s Day but also the opening of the 2015 King’s Lynn Mart. I always enjoy the opening ceremony (12 noon) and it’s great to have a go on the more modest, less extreme ride; I leave the others to my younger, braver readers! After that there are several days for all the family to get down to The Tuesday Market Place and enjoy one of Lynn’s grand traditions ... perhaps without the traditional “Mart Weather”!
I always enjoy the opening ceremony (12 noon) and it’s great to have a go on the more modest, less extreme ride; I leave the others to my younger, braver readers! After that there are several days for all the family to get down to The Tuesday Market Place and enjoy one of Lynn’s grand traditions ... perhaps without the traditional “Mart Weather”!
Under cover, over at The Princess Theatre in Hunstanton, there is a marvellous programme lined up for us in the next few days including John Otway and an R and B Massacre, Fairport Convention, Basil Brush, Chris Barber and his Big Band and then an enjoyable and nostalgic journey through the music of Doris Day. Variety and quality are two of the theatre’s watch words and a visit to their website www.princesshunstanton.co.uk will give more details of the events. The ticket booking hotline is on 01485 532252.
An operatic occasion not to be missed at Lynn’s Majestic Cinema is a live screening from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on Tuesday, February 24 starting at 7.15pm. Firstly, the opera concerned is a favourite of mine, Wagner’s Flying Dutchman, and to add the icing to the fine cake, it’s the superb Bryn Terfel taking the role of the tortured and love searching Dutchman. The production by Tim Albery has been highly acclaimed, and the orchestra is conducted by Andris Nelsons who has, I believe, visited Lynn in the past. All the details are on the Majestic’s website. Tickets are £15 for adults and £12.50 for all others.
Grand opera is also at Lynn Corn Exchange on Wednesday, March 4, at 7.30pm, this time the popular Verdi opera La Traviata being performed. Alyona Kistenyova and Russian tenor Ruslan Zinevych are the stars. For tickets call the Corn Exchange box office on 01553 764864.
Lately there have been several excellent films for children and the young at heart (my neighbours certainly enjoyed Shaun the Sheep) so perhaps latching on to another very popular cinematic offering of Paddington is Gaywood Library’s special Teddy Bears Picnic Story Time event next Tuesday between 10.30am and 11.30am, with staff from the Vancouver Children’s Centre. Entry is free and the youngsters are invited to take along their own teddy bears! Children must be accompanied by an adult. It’s sounds great fun.
Over at Thornham village the local History Society is preparing for an exhibition on show exploring life in the village before, during and after the First World War. Life in the trenches, details of the service of Thornham’s fallen, artefacts and some new material will also be displayed. Refreshments will be available throughout the two-day enterprise on Friday and Saturday, February 20-21, 11am-4.30pm both days. Entry is free and Thornham Village Hall is the venue.
I recently made one of my “trips on the train” to collect a Hanseatic book, and took that opportunity to visit The Fitzwilliam Museum, in Cambridge, to view the splendid Michelangelo bronzes, although their creator’s identity is disputed by some. An exhibition entitled Modern Heroism: Printmaking and the Legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte is also on display, so if you fancy a trip away from West Norfolk (heaven forbid!) why not spend time at this art and antiquities museum? Admission is free and you can call on 01223 332900 for more information.