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New brochures are always exciting

In his weekly That’s Entertainment column, Andy Tyler looks forward to events coming up in West Norfolk...

I always look forward to opening my mail when it includes the new brochures from our local entertainment venues. Recently it was the turn of The Alive King’s Lynn Corn Exchange brochure coming through my letter box and I’m pleased to report for the period from April to September there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

The Live Interactive show Trouble on Volcano Island is bound to be popular, exciting entertainment for all the family taking place on Thursday, April 4 at 2pm and 4.30pm.

For all Neil Diamond fans, ‘Hello Again The Neil Diamond Songbook’ is bound to be a hit, the show being a detailed celebration of his life and work. The date for your diary is Friday, April 5, the musical magic starting at 7.30pm.

There’s also Wild Boys, DreamBoys and much more to entertain, including favourite tribute bands, famous celebrity shows, opera, comedy clubs and discos. Pick up a Corn Exchange Brochure now or visit kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

For the local Asian Community especially, I notice this year’s King’s Lynn Festival will not only include The Bollywood Brass Band but also a Bollywood film, a Bollywood Dance Workshop and the renowned Kathak dance company, Sonia Sabri, presenting their acclaimed production of Roshini with live music. Details to follow.

For our young people Alive West Norfolk is holding a fun programme of activities during the holidays between March 28 and April 14. The usual range of clubs, swimming, roller skating, family climb time and much more will be available. The Holiday Fun is supported by West Norfolk Council. Visit alivewestnorfolk.co.uk to find out more.

Don’t forget next Wednesday the book club that meets at The Stewart House Hotel in Goodwin’s Road, Lynn is discussing Jo Callaghan’s novel : ‘In the Blink of an Eye’. There’s still time to read it and come along to the hotel at 5pm. Good company, chat and refreshments on tap as usual.

A reminder that many local libraries also hold book clubs for those interested. Make a point of visiting yours to find out what’s on offer.

Some time ago Charles Spencer came to Lynn to give a short talk and sign copies of his book: ‘To Catch A King’. Recently another book by him was published entitled: ‘A Very Private School: A Memoir’. The book describes the author’s experiences at Maidwell School and the distressing abuse he suffered there, and in his childhood generally. The book has aroused much interest and will not be to everyone’s taste. The memories of a brave soul is movingly recorded, nevertheless.

My film of the week is being streamed on Netflix and is a second feature-length film entitled: ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’. The movie has been well received, and is, of course, a must-see for all Downton enthusiasts.

Sweet Music can be enjoyed at All Saints Church, Hillington Square, provided by The Guildhall Singers, on the afternoon of Sunday, April 7, at 4pm. A variety of songs by several composers such as Britten, Chilcott, Stanford and Vaughan Williams are included in the programme celebrating Shakespeare. Tickets are available on the door or contact Clare on 01366 328668. The concert is directed by Charlotte Sinassi-Hill.

Seeing Banksy’s latest work in Finsbury Park reminds me he visited Lynn a while ago working presumably secretly not far from where I live! I hope to visit his home city of Bristol later in the year.

Lastly, don’t forget The Norfolk Symphony Orchestra concert this Sunday, 3:30pm at The Lynn Corn Exchange. Musical Symphonic Visions will be performed including Mahler’s wonderful Fourth Symphony. Tickets can be booked at 01553 764864, and free tickets may still be available for young concert goers.

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