Fakenham town pageant appeal

Chris HillOrganisers of a sound and light pageant telling the history of Fakenham have asked townspeople to involve themselves in the community project. The Son et Lumi�re, named after its French origins, is to be held in Fakenham Parish Church in October.Chris Hill

Organisers of a sound and light pageant telling the history of Fakenham have asked townspeople to involve themselves in the community project.

The Son et Lumi�re, named after its French origins, is to be held in Fakenham Parish Church in October.

Scriptwriter George Middleton has finished his draft of the story, which will detail significant events and snapshots of the market town's life, including a medieval market scene and horseracing.

The historic setting of the church could also make a cameo appearance in a civil war scene, as Oliver Cromwell's troops were thought to have stored gunpowder above the building's porch in the 1600s.

As well as the sound and light technology, there are plans to bring in costumed characters, narrators and children from the town's three schools to help tell the story.

Alan Childs, one of the project co-ordinators, said: 'Unlike traditional shows of this type, the audience will be seated inside the church and the action will happen around them.

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'It is something a little bit different and we have had a lot of support so far, but we still looking for offers of help from anyone with any experience of lighting, sound, drama - or anyone who simply wants to be involved.'

For more information, contact Mr Childs on 01328 862434.