Keith Skipper is preparing his second safari to Beccles Public Hall on Sunday 10th September when the Hall team welcomes him for Another Bit of Squit with Keith Skipper, Man of Norfolk. Back in 2013 when Keith first ventured across the border, he had just completed his 50th successive year of writing and mardling about his native county both for a living and for pleasure, and is “delighted to accept a second invitation to nip over the border to dispense a few dollops of squit in support of Beccles Public Hall”.
Born in Beeston, Norfolk and currently living in Cromer, Keith has become one of Norfolk’s most ardent champions, both of the dialect and stopping Norfolk becoming “a boring photocopy of everywhere else”.
He was awarded a well deserved MBE in the 2007 New Year’s Honours List for services to the Norfolk community.
Following stints at Thetford, East Dereham and Great Yarmouth, Keith moved to Norwich to specialise in sports journalism. He was Norwich City football correspondent for both the Eastern Evening News and the Eastern Daily Press in the 1970s.
He joined the original staff when BBC Radio Norfolk first went on air in 1980, carving out a reputation as an outspoken defender of the Norfolk way of life. He left in 1995 to pursue a freelance career – and has been extremely busy ever since.
He led a troupe of local entertainers, The Press Gang, around village halls and theatres for 25 years before the great cultural adventure ended in the autumn of 2008 with sell-out farewell shows in the Pavilion Theatre on Cromer Pier.
He also fronted productions of All Preachers Great and Small in local churches for 15 summer seasons and still presents Mardling and Music Evenings with old friend Ian Prettyman.
Buy your ticket now to see Keith on Sunday 10 September. Tickets are £7 and £5 for concessions.
Tickets available now from the Hall Box Office, open Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 3pm or visit the online box office @ www.becclespublichall.com. You can also ring 01502 770060 for credit / debit card sales.