That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, November 18th

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Following our Hallowe’en and Guy Fawkes celebrations we now turn our attention to Christmas… and the Big Switch-On! Yes, Lynn’s Christmas Lights are being turned on this Sunday with family fun at the Town Centre from 12 noon and the Tuesday Market Place from 2pm. The seasonal entertainment is actually from mid-day through to 4.30pm and includes live music from You &I plus The Wise Naive, street entertainment and children’s rides.

Making special appearances will be Fairy Tale Prince and Princesses, stars from this year’s Corn Exchange panto Cinderella, and Mother and Father Christmas as well as a special guest Paul Barber (Denzil from the legendary TV Comedy show Only Fools and Horses). It’s all great family fun and entertainment – so do go along and enjoy!

Christmas related events will feature in the column up to the big day, but not excluding all else, some will be relieved to hear! So still on the Yule-tide theme, a superb display of Christmas memorabilia showing how tastes changed throughout the decades is opening to the public from tomorrow until December 31 at Lynn Tourist Information Centre housed in The Custom House.

Opening times are 10.30am-3.30pm, Monday to Saturday, and on Sunday from noon -3.30pm; adults £1, children 50p, groups by arrangement. It should be a fascinating view and for any more details contact 01553 763044 or the TIC’s website.

Make a date, also, for December 17 when there will be carol singing around the Christmas tree at the Custom House from 11am; more details nearer the time.

I often encourage readers to visit their local Library and see the fantastic range of services they provide and then, hopefully, get involved one way or another. Nowadays it seems possible to become a ‘friend’ of some local libraries, which entails becoming part of a group that helps to promote, develop, and plan library services as well as acting as a link between library and community. At Lynn the first group meeting will be held on Tuesday November 29, at 2.30pm and for further details you should contact Kerry Murray on 01553 772568.

An advance mention of a Librarian Theatre production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol which will be at Lynn Library on Tuesday, December 13, at 7.30pm; a reminder nearer the time, but do contact the library for more information, if interested.

A quick reminder now of the Christmas Fair taking place at St. Faith’s Church, taking place in the church rooms from 2-4pm tomorrow. Admission is free and money raised will go to church funds and I’m sure there will be something for everyone to enjoy!

Another Christmas Fair coming up in need of support is being held at Lynn Minster, between 10am and 3pm on Saturday, November 26, and will be opened by the Bishop of Lynn. Funds are urgently needed for restoration work, so do support on the day; admission is free.

Last week King’s Lynn Players reported they are to stage Goodnight Mr Tom next March. Please note the audition for children will be held at 2.30pm (not 7.30pm) at the Howard School in Lynn on Saturday, December 3. The adult audition will be at South Wootton Methodist Church at 7pm on Wednesday, December 7. Don’t forget, Legally Blonde is currently being staged by the Players with performances tonight and tomorrow (book on 01553 764864) at the Arts Centre. There’s a review of the opening night’s performance on Page 29 of this edition.

I finish this week with a brief round-up of galleries to visit or those holding special events in the area. It’s always worth taking a look at what Greyfriars Art Space in St James Street, Lynn, is up to, as well as Groundwork Gallery, Purfleet Street, Lynn, and the Bircham Gallery, Market Place, in Holt.