Murder mystery event to raise funds for Diss church

A murder mystery evening will take place in St Mary's Church in Diss at the weekend to raise funds for its east window restoration fund.

The event, at 7.30pm on Saturday, is part of Diss Museum's festival to commemorate the Manning family who were town rectors for 138 years.

The subject of the murder mystery evening will be the unsolved murder of Louie Bryant, who was stabbed to death in what was then Broome Lane in 1829.

Despite much questioning of suspects, nobody was ever arrested for the crime. Louie's Lane in Diss has since be named after the murder victim.

William Manning, the second of four Manning rectors, was the clergyman at the time.

The characters in the murder mystery event will be played by church people, including curate John Pares as William Manning and Canon Tony Billett as Thomas Manning.

Proceeds will go to the church's stained glass window appeal, which will be launched on Friday to raise �78,000 for the restoration of the east window and three other windows.

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Tickets are �8 and are available from the parish office and the Diss Tourist Information Centre.

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