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Do you remember Butlin’s? Author’s talk is one of three Gorleston events as arts festival extends its reach

PUBLISHED: 13:55 09 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:43 09 May 2017

Author Dr Kathryn Ferry is giving a talk about Butlin's as part of the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival line-up.
An appeal has been made for local memories. Photo: Great Yarmouth Arts Festival

Author Dr Kathryn Ferry is giving a talk about Butlin's as part of the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival line-up. An appeal has been made for local memories. Photo: Great Yarmouth Arts Festival

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Gorleston is getting in on the act as the countdown begins to the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival.

Jonathan Veira is bringing his songs and tales to Gorleston's Pavilion Theatres as part of Great Yarmouth Art Festival. Photo: Great Yarmouth Arts FestivalJonathan Veira is bringing his songs and tales to Gorleston's Pavilion Theatres as part of Great Yarmouth Art Festival. Photo: Great Yarmouth Arts Festival

Three events will take place in various venues as the festival, now in its fifth year, spreads its wings.

Tony Mallion who is organising the Gorleston side of the extravaganza said tickets were selling well.

On Thursday June 8 at 2.30pm author and historian Dr Kathryn Ferry brings a literay flavour to the mix.

Her new book The Nation’s Host chronicles the history of Sir Billy Butlin’s famous holiday camps and forms the basis of a talk at the library.

Author Dr Kathryn Ferry will be giving a talk about the history of the Butlin's holiday camps. Photo: Great Yarmouth Arts FestivalAuthor Dr Kathryn Ferry will be giving a talk about the history of the Butlin's holiday camps. Photo: Great Yarmouth Arts Festival

People will also be invited to share their memories with many local folk travelling to Clacton to enjoy the camp-based entertainment there.

A sell-out when he last visited in 2014 Christian singer and entertainer Jonathan Veira returns with his new show Songs and Tales to Gorleston’s Pavilion Theatre on Friday June 9 at 7.30pm.

His blend of music and stories tours all over the UK.

Mr Mallion said: “It’s a rare mix of fun and faith and people often comment that it is one of the most enjoyable evenings they’ve had in theatre.

“It’s been a pleasure to have him here before. He seems very much at home at the Pavilion.

“This will be a great evening. It is good to extend the festival into Gorleston.”

Jonathan, a regular on BBC’s Songs of Praise, has written a second volume of his autobiography which, with his CDs, will be on sale.

He is also said to be much in demand as an opera singer, especially in comic roles, appearing several times at the Norwich Theatre Royal with Glyndebourne Opera.

Then on the afternoon of Sunday June 11 the festival rounds off with the Marlow Town Band playing on the Gorleston bandstand (or in the Pavilion if wet).

Tickets for Jonathan Veira are £10 from Gorleston Pavilion box office on 01493 662832, or online www.gorlestonpavilion.co.uk.

Tickets for Dr Kathryn Ferry’s talk are £5 (including refreshments) from Gorleston Library. The Marlow Band is free.

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