James Marston: The Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe will be dusted off ready for panto season this year

James Marston

James Marston

So much excitement in the Edwardian Spa town of Felixstowe where I have a small flat with sea views (distant).

As reported by my colleague Richard Cornwell some weeks ago the pantomime is set to return to the Spa Pavilion.

My theatrical friend Suzie Lowe, who has fingers in pies when it comes to this sort of thing, will be at the helm when The Dennis Lowe Theatre Company presents Cinderella at the venue from December 19 to January 3.

I’ve been waiting for a call to reprise my role as large boy at the back and see if I can’t raise my hand in time to the music in a generous costume.

Unfortunately, despite knowing the glamorous Miss Lowe for some years, and her being aware of my talents, the phone hasn’t rung so I shan’t be getting my jazz shoes on soon. Perhaps they have got someone else to play the pumpkin.


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Anyway I’m not bitter but I am keen to wish them all well at the Spa – I’m glad to see it’s opening again and I know how much it will mean to young Suzie.

My plain speaking photographer friend Lucy – she’s the one getting married – and I visited the EADT wedding fair at Hintlesham Hall on Sunday last. Lucy was keen to get ideas and I went along for the ride.

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I spent most of the afternoon saying, “I’m not getting married I’m just here with a friend who is, what a lovely cake.”

While Lucy was at pains to point out, often with almost insulting speed in my opinion, that I wasn’t her groom to be and she was clearly marrying someone else.

Anyway we met a few florists, admired the cakes and looked at a couple of old cars and I entered a honeymoon competition and chose Scotland as my dream destination because I’d like to go soon, on my own ideally, before you need a passport.

Afterwards we popped along to Lucy’s new house in Ipswich. She’s been working on it for months and she put me up a set of ladders and got me vacuuming a picture rail.

Earlier this week I visited Reg Snowling who told me about his experiences in the war.

A humbling interview, the 94 year old talked about the moment he, in his tank, arrived at the gates of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and his memories of D-Day – a thought provoking conversation.

In other news I am off to see Sunset Boulevard at Ipswich’s Regent theatre next week.

The show is being put on by the Ipswich most Operatic and highly Dramatic Society of which I was once a member, and I want to see how they are doing. I am sure it will be good.

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