Keith Skipper’s Norfolk “squit” platoon is heading on a raid across the border into Suffolk - with their fun loaded
06:30 24 May 2014
The genial general of the First Norfolk Dialect Volunteers is leading his troops into hostile territory.
Five reasons why Norfolk is great
1 It has spawned great people - admiral Horatio Nelson, heroic nurse Edith Cavell, tribal queen Boudicca, thinker Thomas Paine, Tutankhamun discoverer Howard Carter and all round good egg Stephen Fry
2 It has a pair of cathedrals - two more than Suffolk
3 It’s a place of culture - where Black Beauty author Anna Sewell was born, and Singing Postman Allan Smethhurst was raised.
4 It has a royal residence, Sandringham, and a Royal Arcade, unlike the common land of Suffolk
5 It is not Suffolk
Yes Keith Skipper, stalwart defender of Nelson’s County, is crossing the River Waveney for a skirmish into Suffolk - but armed with nothing more dangerous than a magazine full of squit and wit.
Backed by a platoon of performers he will visit the Marina Theatre at Lowestoft on Sunday June 1 to fire off a barrage of banter against the host county.
But the title of the show We Come In Peace shows that the insurgents are just out for a bit of fun - which will also be poked at Norfolk too.
Mr Skipper, from Cromer, said: “Norfolk and Suffolk share a precious ability to laugh at themselves as well as at each other. That should make it real fun to pop over the border and put that theory to the test!”
Five reasons why Suffolk is great
1 It has a horse, but with violent connotations, named after it 2 It has a partial claim, with Essex, to Constable Country - home to a man who could paint scenery and hay wains quite well
3 Top modern composer Benjamin Britten was born at Lowestoft - but got his musical inspiration at Gresham’s School, Holt, Norfolk
4 Its football club has not been relegated this year - but nor have they been promoted.
5 It is not Norfolk
Subjects covered were likely to include the prospect of Norfolk dumping its waste in Suffolk following the scrapping of the incinerator, and war of words over having a joint police force and the relative fortunes of football clubs - including a celebration of Lowestoft Town’s success, as well as this year’s disappointments for the Canaries and Tractor boys
Mr Skipper said local rivalry, such as between the two counties, was a good thing - provided it stayed good-humoured.
“We have the same thing up here between Cromer and Sheringham and I had it with my home village of Beeston when we hated Longham at cricket and Litcham at football.
Joining Keith Skipper in his cross-border raid are: “sit down” comic Colin Burleigh, Norfolk Nut Pat Nearney, Norfolk Fairy Sheilah Olley, singer Danny Platton, and special guest folk vocalist and melodeon player Ian Prettyman, imported from Suffolk to help as cultural ambassador and with translations.
We Come in Peace is at the Lowestoft Marina Centre on June 1 at 2.15pm. Tickets £10 and information from 01502 533200
or at www.marinatheatre.co.uk
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