Music and mardling with Keith Skipper and Ian Prettyman

Keith Skipper and Ian Prettyman

Keith Skipper and Ian Prettyman - Credit: Archant

Two of the area's best-known entertainers are heading for north Norfolk churches over the next few weeks to show how Norfolk and Suffolk can get on well when it comes to a good night out.

Keith Skipper and Ian Prettyman combine their talents and embrace the true coalition spirit for a Mardling and Music Evening at All Saints Church in Stibbard on Saturday, June 28 and then All Saints Church in Helhoughton on Saturday, July 12th, starting at 7.30pm.

The shows are part of a tour of Norfolk churches and are in aid of church funds while promising a collection plate full of chuckles.

Cromer-based Keith, who recently completed a proud half-century as Norfolk scribe and mardler, will share some of his favourite church and chapel yarns and verses as well as a Bible reading in his beloved Norfolk dialect.

Ian, a Methodist preacher based in Lowestoft, provides musical items, including a rousing medley on his trusty melodeon and traditional East Anglian fishing and farming songs.

The pair have performed together on many occasions as part of productions of All Preachers Great and Small and members of the much-loved Press Gang entertainment troupe in village halls and theatres over a period of 25 years.

'We enjoy the Norfolk-Suffolk rivalry but always find complete harmony on our outings together,' said Keith. 'We are really looking forward to our Stibbard event as we know how important it is to raise funds for this grand old building. It is also a real pleasure to include Helhoughton on our fundraising tour this year and we look forward to a rousing village session.'

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Tickets cost £10 including refreshments and there will also be a raffle, to which Keith is kindly donating a prize.

To book at Stibbard contact Eunice Norwood on 01328 855665 or email and for Helhoughton contact Liz Lodge on 01485 528744.