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Six great things to do in Diss this weekend

PUBLISHED: 09:40 20 July 2018

Laurence Edwards sculpture, Three Little Pigs Tails, Motorbike Charity Ride, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Laurence Edwards sculpture, Three Little Pigs Tails, Motorbike Charity Ride, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

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With glorious weather predicted to continue and DissFest bringing the town to life it promises to be another busy weekend. But here are six other great things not to miss in Diss.

ART

Laurence Edwards – Sculpture

Diss Corn Hall from July 20-September 1, free, 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk

Internationally renowned artist Laurence Edwards has long been established as a sculptor working in bronze and now his latest works are here on show in Diss. The artist has been working in bronze for some 30 years, creating figurative sculptures for a growing national and international audience, largely produced in his native Suffolk where he works with his foundry team in Halesworth. Also catch a film screening and Q&A from 7-8pm tonight (£4).

HISTORY

World War 1 in East Anglia

St Mary’s Church Hall, July 20, 7.30pm-9.30pm, £5 on the door

Friends of Diss Museum presents this talk by Jonathan Dutton who will be looking into the social history of the time as we approach the centenary of the end of the First World War. Amongst the topics could be Garboldisham VAD hospital that opened in November 1914. Admission were usually between 10 and 12 soldiers, some suffering after being caught in gas attacks.

FAMILY SHOW

Three Little Pigs Tails

Diss Corn Hall, July 21, 11am, £7, £5 children, 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk

Wymondham-based puppet company Garlic Theatre bring their brand new version of the classic story to Diss Corn Hall’s Saturday Club and it is a production that has been given a garlicky French twist and set in Paris. Bristling with puppets, live music and lots of joining in, Three Little Pigs Tails is a funny, warm-hearted and interactive tale will make the whole family squeal with laughter. Ages 3-7.

SCREENING

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Diss Corn Hall on July 21, 7.30pm, £13, £10 under-18s, 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk

The word-of-mouth West End hit musical about a boy who wants to go to his school prom in a dress - based on a true story - comes live to the cinema screen from Shaftesbury Avenue’s Apollo Theatre. It was inspired by the 2011 BBC Three documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16. The musical has won huge acclaim and a cult following and is to be made into a feature film.

MUSIC

Slide

The Cock Inn, Denmark Street, Diss, July 21, 9pm, free, cockinndiss.co.uk

Slide are a four piece rock band based from Ipswich who have previously played to crowds at the Cock Inn and here return for a summer night gig. Initially formed as a covers act, the band began slipping original songs into their set lists to test the water. After recording their Better Features E.P, they signed a management deal. Within weeks they were on the bill at London music venues. Influences range from the Rolling Stones, to Van Halen and the Goo Goo Dolls.

CHARITY

Motorbike Charity Ride

Morrison, Diss, July 22, depart at 11am, free

Hundreds of motorcyclists will be raising funds on this charity ride in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity and in memory of Ted Churchard, from Burston, who held a love of motorcycles but who died last September. The charity ride, which will involve motorcycles, trikes, quad bikes, sidecars and scooters. Watch them leave Morrisons car park at 11am travelling 40 miles to finish at The Ox and Plough in Old Buckenham.

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