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Lots of cheer with your beer

PUBLISHED: 15:33 30 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:49 03 July 2010

Dan McKee, from Salt Box Comedy Club, will keep punters laughing during Yarmouth's beer and wine festival.

Dan McKee, from Salt Box Comedy Club, will keep punters laughing during Yarmouth's beer and wine festival.

Miles Jermy

LAUGHTER and song will be flowing at this year's Great Yarmouth Beer and Cider Festival.

The festival from, May 21 to 24, is set to feature the widest variety of entertainment yet, with a winning combination of music and comedy.

LAUGHTER and song will be flowing at this year's Great Yarmouth Beer and Cider Festival.

The festival from, May 21 to 24, is set to feature the widest variety of entertainment yet, with a winning combination of music and comedy.

Stand up routines from members of the acclaimed Salt Box comedy club, are sure to provide a side splitting start to the event on Thursday night.

Founded by Norwich funny-man Dan McKee, Salt Box has proved a popular addition to the city's comedy circuit in the last few years.

Yarmouth's Melting Pot Cabaret will be taking to the stage at lunchtime sessions for the remaining three days of the festival.

Performers already lined up include singer Dic York, with a selection of no-frills pop songs, guitarist Ricky Woods and Portuguese musician Emanuel Paim.

Organised by Sea Change Arts, Melting Pot Cabaret has proved a hit with audiences at venues around the town since starting last year.

Teams from locally based charities have also been invited to volunteer at sessions and collect some cash for their cause.

Supporters of Epilepsy Action and the International Lions are pulling the pints at two sessions and it is hoped more charities will be able to lend a hand.

Blackfriars owner Bill Russell said: “This is a local festival for local people and I thought this would be a good way of giving something back to the community.

“Volunteers can wear their charity's t-shirts and have bucket collections to raise some much needed cash.”

Any charity groups wishing to volunteer for sessions at the festival should call Bill Russell on 01493 850578 or email pints@blackfriars-brewery.co.uk.

The festival is once again taking place at the historic Priory Centre over the Whitsun bank holiday weekend.

Save £1 on entry and guarantee your place at the Beer and Cider festival exclusively with the Great Yarmouth Mercury.

Tickets are £3 on the door for lunchtime and £4 for evening sessions. To get the session you want it is advisable to book early through the Mercury.

Fill out the order form and return to the address on the form.

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