That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, August 19th

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As readers will already know, we are blessed with many excellent publications about King’s Lynn and West Norfolk being readily available, and I am pleased to recommend another well produced and very readable one which has been written by local guide and great supporter of our local heritage, Edith Reeves.

The book is entitled ‘The Dark Side of King’s Lynn’ and Edith hopes it will encourage people to learn more about the town and the people and places connected with it. The book is not available in the shops yet, so for more details, and to obtain a copy contact Edith now on 01553 760184.

If you fancy ‘a bit of a do’ and are in the Roydon area tomorrow why not get over to Roydon Church and enjoy the activities being held there in aid of the church? A dog show and mini farm, as well as live music, raffle and much more will be taking place between 1 and 4pm. Family fun will be top priority!

Don’t forget the superb summer exhibition at The Bircham Gallery, Market Place in Holt, being presented until September 7, between 9am and 5pm. Admission is free and there is a varied mix of work by established and up-and-coming artists. Contact 01263 713312 or visit

It will soon be time again for the King’s Lynn Poetry Festival, this year taking place between September 30 and October 2. A fine selection of poets will be appearing and details will be featured in this column nearer the time.

Listening to Vaughan Williams Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 recently on the radio, which includes songs collected by the composer in King’s Lynn in the early 20th century, reminds me to mention an evening of Songs from the Sea and Lynn Ballads coming to True’s Yard on the evening of Friday, September 2, between 6 and 8pm. Performances are by Gareth Calway and also the Fried Pirates. Refreshments are included and will be served upon arrival. Tickets are £10 and available at the museum.

I have been reminded of the excellent events held at Marriott’s Warehouse (formerly The Green Quay) from time to time, and there are several coming up this autumn. A visit to the Trust’s website will give further details and readers may consider becoming a friend of the organisation, which brings advantages while supporting this worthwhile body at the same time.

On a recent visit to the BBC at Norwich, organised by the Volunteering Matters organisation, I picked up a booklet for the forthcoming Heritage Open Day events taking place in that fair city early next month. Our own booklet with all the details of Lynn’s Open Day will be out very soon, so keep an eye open for it.

Now for news of a concert with a difference. It’s Pulling Out the Stops, which I understand is a recital of organ music with anecdotes, performed by Julian Haggett who is organist at St Peter Mancroft in Norwich. This event takes place, however, at Fring Church on Saturday, September 3. There is expected to be a pre- concert surprise at around 6pm and tickets are £12.50 in aid of the church; drinks/canapés afterwards. For tickets contact:

And finally ... I gather that parishioners will be getting down to grass roots when they gather on Sunday for an open-air harvest festival service. This is being held from 3pm in the ruins of Bawsey church, where straw bales will be used as an altar for the short act of worship. If the weather is wet or cold, the service will take place in a nearby barn. But hopefully it will be fine and those attending are asked to take along a picnic tea.