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Gritsters will hook you with fishy tales at Westacre

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So, who were the Gritsters? In one evocative evening The Poetry People will tell you the true story of Britain’s most easterly community, right next to the North Sea.

In the early 1900s, Lowestoft’s thriving fishing village had three schools, two churches, shops and cafés, 13 pubs, was home to 2,300 people – and was known as The Grit.

The Second World War, the 1953 floods, followed by the total collapse of the fishing industry led to the sad demise of the Beach Village.

Pearls from the Grit is on at the Westacre Theatre
Pearls from the Grit is on at the Westacre Theatre

The 1970s saw the final houses replaced by Bird’s Eye.

Now, as part of an East Anglian tour, a truly talented cast led by Lowestoft man Dean Parkin will bring that very special community back to life on the Westacre Theatre stage.

Relating true stories in the Gritsters’ own words, reciting poetry, showing film, and singing original songs – with “Tickler” Sam on his pub piano – all make for a surprisingly tender and entertaining show about lost Lowestoft that is suitable for all the family.

Around the Norfolk coastline with its many fishing communities – both past and present – the tales of resilience and humour will certainly ring true. It’s a beautiful award-winning production which you will find educational and engaging.

Come along and celebrate the wonderful mix of ingenuity, nostalgia and sheer fun. Among the performers is Tim FitzHigham, who is closely involved with St George’s Guildhall in Lynn, where this play is also to be performed on November 12.

Westacre Theatre are hosting a single performance on Saturday, November 9, you can book online at www.westacretheatre.com or call 01760 755800.

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