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King’s Lynn That’s Entertainment columnist Andy Tyler rounds up arts and showbiz events week commencing Friday, May 19

Rather than spend time discussing the recent popular Eurovision Song Contest, with a not-so-popular result for the UK, I’d rather remind readers of the forthcoming King’s Lynn Festival from Sunday, July,16-29 and Festival Too from Saturday, June 24 – Satruday, July 8.

The KL Festival’s events, as previously mentioned by me, are detailed on the website and brochure, available now, and the Festival Too’s gigs are to be announced soon. There will be the traditional fireworks and plenty of live music to keep us entertained.

To enjoy some superb online musical events, do visit the King’s Lynn Festival website.

Andy Tyler rounds up arts and showbiz events in That’s Entertainment
Andy Tyler rounds up arts and showbiz events in That’s Entertainment

The young pianist Noah Zhou gave a first class recital at a Festival Coffee Concert recently, consisting of music by Beethoven and Mussorgsky, which was well received by the full and enthusiastic audience, at Lynn’s historic Town Hall. More coffee concerts will be held during the Festival’s summer season in July.

I can recommend the current series of organ recitals at Lynn Minster, taking place on Tuesday lunchtimes, starting at 12.30pm.The recitals are held until September 26. I attended the recital given by Pavlos Triantaris from Letchworth Traditional Church and music by J.S.Bach, J.G.Walther and an uplifting Royal March composed by the organist, were on the programme. Admission is free and there is a retiring collection. The Church cafe is open from 10:30am. John Lyon from the parish of Boston gives the next recital.

Now is an appropriate time, of course, to visit the Royal Sandringham Estate. On a sunny day recently, a friend and I enjoyed a trip there, which included a fascinating tour of the house, a lovely stroll in the beautiful gardens, viewing some vintage cars and old fire engines, and then some enjoyable light refreshments and a visit to the gift shop.

We were also able to spend a short time at St.Mary Magdalene Church, famous for the Christmas worship which members of the Royal family attend annually. A visit to Sandringham makes for a fine day out. An exhibition of Watercolours painted by King Charles III can be viewed currently,and special events are held regularly. Sandringham in Bloom is held in early June. For full details visit: sandringhamestate.co.uk; the house and gardens are closed on Fridays.

My book recommendation this week is by famous actor Tom Hanks, entitled: The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece. Tom is familiar with the movie world so the novel should contain insights into it, good and bad.

No film suggestion this week but do try the new BBC series Ten Pound Poms, the full series is on BBC iplayer, or it can be viewed weekly, Sundays on BBC 1. The story concerns British citizens emigrating to Australia in the 1950s and their experiences on arrival. Ten pounds to settle there seemed a bargain, but things did not turn out as expected. Too good to be true?

It is time to come and Face the Music on Thursday, June 1 between 7.30pm and 9.30pm at Downham Market Town Hall! The Downham Market Swing Orchestra will play songs and music from popular musicals, it’s all part of The Downham Market Festival. For tickets, text or call: 07980 955461 and should be a great night.

It’s always good to report positive community news, and I can report two local retailers it’s well worth a visit to in Norfolk Street, Lynn. For a varied selection of books on all subjects at very reasonable prices do drop into the RSPCA Community Book Shop and next door, a new shop has opened, the Moonflower Boutique, also well worth a visit- we must support our local shops.

Another exciting idea for those future summer days out. A visit to Pensthorpe promises magical gardens, adventurous play, and an internationally recognised nature reserve.

Fun and adventure for all the family. Visit: pensthorpe.com for all the details.

Lastly, next week I’ll be visiting Emmerich-am-Rhein so my column won’t appear, but the following week you’ll hear about German Entertainment from Lynn’s twin town.

For those readers interested in twinning, do visit the King’s Lynn/ Emmerich website for details.

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