Comedian becomes Wingfield Barns patron

A top television and radio entertainer has agreed to become a patron of a Suffolk arts venue after appearing at a sell-out show.

Comedian Phill Jupitus performed at Wingfield Barns, an arts centre based at a 16th Century barns complex in Wingfield, near Diss, on January 14.

The one-off date with the Never Mind the Buzzcocks and BBC 6 Music star was a quick sell-out. He read excerpts from his latest book, Good Morning Nantwich: Adventures in Breakfast Radio and performed some stand-up comedy.

The booking, part of a series of literary events, proved a big success - so much so that the Essex-based DJ and comedian accepted an offer to become the centre's comedy patron.

General manager Lesley Jackson said: 'The evening with Phill Jupitus was fantastic. A real appreciator of East Anglia, the arts and Wingfield Barns, Phill turned down his fee, instead opting for a collage by local artist Jennie Barfield and agreed to become a patron of Wingfield Barns - eager to come back and do it all again. I for one can't wait!'

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Mr Jupitus has promised to return soon to Wingfield, but literary fans can enjoy a date with Rory McGrath coming up in May. For more information, visit

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