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King’s Lynn arts and showbiz events are rounded up by Andy Tyler in That’s Entertainment for week commencing Friday, May 12

Little did I know, when writing the column last week, that on the morning of the Coronation of King Charles III, I would be soaking up the atmosphere in a crowded Trafalgar Square, and would also be aware of the much publicised anti-Royalist protesters, although thankfully, I didn’t witness any trouble.

Those who had camped out during Coronation week, or who turned up early on the day had a decent view of the Royal procession, but although I was a comparative latecomer it was still great being part of the generally enthusiastic crowd on that historic day in central London.

Back home in bright sunshine the next day, I was pleased everyone seemed to be enjoying the Windsor Road street party.

Anti Royal protesters were present in Trafalgar Square, London
Anti Royal protesters were present in Trafalgar Square, London

Live music, dance, a variety of stalls, refreshments and fun entertainment for the youngsters was all provided plentifully, and there was no shortage of visitors.

Thanks to the committee and all who helped organise this successful special event.

If you missed the Coronation concert it’s well worth watching , and should still be available to view on BBC iPlayer. Much of the music performed specially for the Coronation can be heard on BBC Sounds. It certainly was an exciting and enjoyable weekend.

Andy Tyler wites That’s Entertainment with a round-up of some of the events happening in Lynn nad West Norfolk
Andy Tyler wites That’s Entertainment with a round-up of some of the events happening in Lynn nad West Norfolk

Looking forward, I’m pleased to report the King’s Lynn Festival brochure is now published and details of the fine season available on-line.

Booking is now open and the Festival will be held between July 16 and 29. I’ll only mention a few of the many exciting events taking place, but they include concerts given by the Black Dyke Band, Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, Pavel Kolesnikov, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Talks, walks, exhibitions, coffee concerts, films and even the Poet Laureate are on the Festival’s events calendar. I’ve just one word: Wow.

The King’s Lynn Civic Society’s annual report has arrived through my door, and it makes, as usual, interesting reading and food for thought for all those who care about our town. Mention is also made of a volunteers fair, which is a national civic day event, taking place between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, June 17, and will be hosted by the Civic Society at Lynn’s historic Town Hall.

It is hoped new supporters for key heritage and environmental groups will be attracted. Why not join the Civic Society? For details visit: www.kingslynncivicsociety.co.uk

For all Sci-fi fans the latest Guardians of the Galaxy movie Vol 3, (12A), seems to be a good film choice this week; the reviews have been good, so why not visit your local cinema for some good old-fashioned escapism?

I notice Stephen King has a new novel coming out this autumn. It’s entitled Holly, and described as a chilling new masterwork. Not to be missed.

May is an exciting month over at Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre.

This weekend music by Michael Jackson and Simon and Garfunkel feature, and Disco Music, Neil Diamond, Cliff Richard, Francis Rossi and Leather and Lace in The Bootleg Rock Show will be the subject of gigs later in the month. Contact: 01485 532252 for tickets.

National Theatre Live is streaming the play: Best of Enemies by James Graham and this can be seen at Westacre next Thursday, May 18 at 7pm. Pre- theatre dining is available to book until Sunday.

Over at Lynn’s Alive Corn Exchange cinema The Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 can be seen until May 18, and for all Neil Diamond fans, a Sweet Caroline night takes place on Saturday, 10 June, starting at 7.30pm.

Lastly, the King’s Lynn Lions Club are holding a fun day at The Walks on June 4, between 12 and 5pm.

Plenty to enjoy for all the family, no doubt.

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