Mardling and music evening at Thorpe Market church

Ian Prettyman and Keith Skipper

Ian Prettyman and Keith Skipper - Credit: Archant

Two of the area's best-known entertainers are joining forces to present one of their popular Mardling and Music Evenings at Thorpe Market Church on Saturday September 12 (7.30pm).

Cromer-based writer, broadcaster and entertainer Keith Skipper shares the platform with Ian Prettyman, a former teacher still busy on the Lowestoft and district scene as local Methodist preacher, choral enthusiast and much-admired exponent of traditional East Anglian fishing and farming songs.

Mr Skipper said: 'We relish a bit of Norfolk-Suffolk rivalry but find complete harmony on occasions such as this.'

The pair have performed together countless times on Press Gang rounds of local theatres, village halls and other community meeting places and in productions of All Preachers Great and Small in local churches. They continue in harness for Mardling and Music Evenings across the region.

Keith will share favourite yarns from Church and Chapel at the Thorpe Market show as well as a Bible reading in his beloved Norfolk dialect. Ian provides the musical items - including a rousing medley on his trusty melodeon.

There are firm promises of 'plenty of hearty laughs and chances to join In the uplifting musical fun.'

Tickets are £10, including refreshments, from 01263 822384 and

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