That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, February 12

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Now Shrove Tuesday has passed (and I hope those who partook enjoyed their pancakes), it’s time to remind you (if that was necessary), the King’s Lynn Mart official opening is almost upon us and if you find yourself in King’s Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place just before mid-day on Saturday you can enjoy all the fun of the fair and witness the civic pageantry first hand. It’s a local event for all the family and another example of Lynn’s historic heritage.

It’s time again to focus on some local groups which may be of interest and which you may consider joining at this early point of the New Year. This week I put the spotlight on the Methodist Church Ladies Group, meeting twice a month on a Thursday evening at The London Road, Methodist Hall , Lynn, 7.30pm. Enjoy get-togethers over tea, coffee and biscuits and listen to interesting speakers also. The group also has a coffee morning planned for Saturday, March 12, between 10am and midday at the London Road hall. Go for it!

I am pleased to remind readers of the current exhibition of splendid work inspired by birds at The Greyfriars Art Space. Tony Bellars, the distinguished local artist has created a retrospective of 30 years worth of work entitled A Life with Birds. This varied exhibition, in several art forms, is fine to see, so do go along. The Art Space is open Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm. Tony’s exhibition concludes on February 20, and the Art Space is located in St James’ Street, Lynn.

Moving away from Lynn and art for a moment; do you fancy a race night over in Watlington? The exciting event I refer to includes a hog roast supper with vegetarian options and bar, on the evening of Saturday, February 27, 7 for 7.30pm. Proceeds go to good causes. I certainly have enjoyed similar entertainment in the past so I do recommend you contact 01553 828935 for further details. The race night will be held, under starters orders, at Watlington Village Hall.

So to my cinema slot. I have not mentioned films being shown at Amy Robsart Village Hall, Syderstone lately, so I will now make up for that by promoting the showing of the film Suffragette, starring Cary Mulligan, Helena Bonham-Carter and Meryl Streep. This will be shown at 7.30pm on Saturday, February 27, and is recommended. Call on 01485 578171 for all the details.

I also suggest, three new releases which should be showing at a cinema near you soon. Dad’s Army (of course), Spotlight and Trumbo, all top notch, in my view.

And so to music. Don’t forget the King’s Lynn Music Society’s monthly events and the King’s Lynn Festival’s coffee concerts, one this very morning by young talented pianist Robert Thompson and the next will be on March 18, violin and piano sonatas by Mozart and Schumann. Both concerts are at Lynn’s Town Hall starting at 11am.

There is also much music to be enjoyed at The Lynn Minster, St John’s Church (near The Walks), and All Saints. Visit the websites of these Lynn churches for further details.

Lastly, for the theatre; not Shakespeare this time, but one of our most popular playwrights and writers, Alan Bennett.

Westacre Theatre is staging two of Bennett’s Talking Heads monologues, originally televised in 1987 and 1998. The works are presented on the evenings of February 19 and 20, starting at 7.30pm. Visit for more information.