Colourful entertainers brought to life

Two of the most colourful characters in the history of Norfolk entertainment come to life at St Margaret's Church in Thorpe Market on February 23 at 7.

Two of the most colourful characters in the history of Norfolk entertainment come to life at St Margaret's Church in Thorpe Market on February 23 at 7.30pm.

Comedian and writer Sidney Grapes and Singing Postman Allan Smethurst share their homespun talents through current performers Keith Skipper and Danny Platton.

Keith will read a selection of the evergreen Boy John Letters, composed in local dialect by Sidney Grapes and published in the Eastern Daily Press between 1946 and 1958. Danny salutes the Singing Postman, who earned national pop chart recognition in the 1960s with his most famous number Hev Yew Gotta Loight, Boy?

Sidney Grapes (1888-1958) lived at Potter Heigham all his life and made his mark as a rustic comedian before embarking on the Boy John Letters.


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Allan Smethurst (1927-2000) spent his early years in North Norfolk and used the area as an inspiration for many of his songs.

Tickets at £6, including refreshments, from 01263 833252 or 833465. Booking recommended.

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