A community-owned Broads pub has announced a packed schedule of entertainment for the typically quieter winter season.

The Geldeston Locks Inn Community Pub, near Beccles, will feature melodeon player and folk legend, Tony Hall, in the first of a series of performances.

Mr Hall has been performing for half a century and has played alongside the biggest names in the folk world.

He is also a local, having been raised in Beccles and based in Norwich for many years.

Mr Hall's show will take place on Saturday, October 7.

Others to feature in the series of performances will include Pete Coe on Saturday, November 4; Reg Meuross on Saturday, December 2; Jeff and Elaine Gillett on Saturday, January 6; John Kirkpatrick on Saturday, February 3 and Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne on Saturday, March 2.

Each act will be supported by a short set of local performers.

Tickets and further information are available at the pub's TicketSource webpage at www.ticketsource.co.uk/thelocksinn

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Other winter events at the pub will include mini-tournaments of traditional pub games on the second Friday of each month, starting with backgammon in October.

There will also be a vinyl night on the third Friday of each winter month, also starting in

The pub is open seven days a week until the end of October after which the pub will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays until the end of March.

The winter programme represents a comeback for the venue, whose future looked in serious doubt after it was put up for sale by auction at short notice in 2020.  

But the community pulled together and managed to buy the pub, and set it up as a community benefit society.

Almost 1,600 people are now shareholder members of the pub, giving it the widest ownership of any pub in the country.

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