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Britten film premier delayed after woman collapses from ‘sudden illness’

PUBLISHED: 12:03 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:03 11 February 2013

Local filmmaker Tony Britten, right with author Paul Kildea and Gresham pupils left to right Jack Gillette, William Strong, Callum Chapman,Christopher Theobald and Nick Stromberg who appeared in the film. Photo: Steve Adams

Local filmmaker Tony Britten, right with author Paul Kildea and Gresham pupils left to right Jack Gillette, William Strong, Callum Chapman,Christopher Theobald and Nick Stromberg who appeared in the film. Photo: Steve Adams

The premier of the film Benjamin Britten - Peace and Conflict at the weekend was delayed after a woman collapsed.

More than 100 people attended the event on Saturday at the Auden Theatre, Gresham’s School, in Holt, where the composer spend some of his school years.

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said a land ambulance and rapid response vehicle were called at 2.12pm after a woman in her 70s collapsed from a “sudden illness”.

He added: “She regained consciousness at the scene and was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.”

He said her condition was not life-threatening.

Audience member Conal O’Donnell, 62, from Dereham, said the woman collapsed during a question and answer session with film director Tony Britten and Britten biographer Dr Paul Kildea.

He said Dr Henry Crawley, another audience member, helped the woman before the paramedics arrived. The film premier was delayed by about 20 minutes, Mr O’Donnell added.

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