Now let's do the show right here

For most 10-year-old boys, putting on a community event would mean little more than an impromptu football match at the local park.

For most 10-year-old boys, putting on a community event would mean little more than an impromptu football match at the local park.

But while many of his peers are busy playing video games or begging their parents for a mobile phone, Jamie Minns has his mind on higher things.

Most boys his age would be unlikely to dedicate their own time to helping a cash-strapped church - but that is exactly what the all-singing, all-dancing youngster has put his mind

to.

Just up the road from the family's home, on Lowestoft Road, Worlingham, is All Saint's Church, where the family goes every Sunday.

And it was after hearing the vicar talking earlier this year about money problems facing the parish that Jamie had his idea.

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Already a stage veteran himself, Jamie decided to put on the show to help raise money for the church with help from friends and family.

Now there are just days to go before the gala performance at the church hall on July 22.

His mum, Sally, has mostly stood back and let him get on with it.

“It was his idea from the start,” she said. “He was concerned about the church not having any money so he came up with the plan and we've turned to various people for help.

“We were at another show he was performing in at The Cut, in Halesworth, when he turned to me and said 'why don't we do a show like this for the church?'.”

Acts have been booked, an entertainment licence acquired, refreshments organised and the stage will be set.

“He is experienced on the stage, he has got an operatic and jazz voice and will be singing as well as doing some tap dancing himself,” added Mrs Minns.

But there has been plenty of help along the way.

Rev Suzie Ellis, who is the vicar at Worlingham as well as North Cove and Barnby, said lots of people were pitching in.

“We're all just being organised by Jamie, really,” she said, adding that it was hoped about 70 people would come to the show.

“Jamie has done a lot of work for it, designing posters and so on.

“He really is very mature boy for his age and he is being confirmed the day after the show.

“We're delighted to have him in our congregation.”

Tickets for the performance, which have been designed by Jamie's 12-year-old sister ,Imogen, cost £5 each, and are available from Willows of Beccles on Smallgate in the town.