Afternoon tea with former BBC war correspondent Martin Bell

Martin Bell

Martin Bell - Credit: Archant

Former BBC war correspondent Martin Bell is making a welcome return to Beccles this month to share an afternoon with visitors at the Public Hall.

Mr Bell has strong links with the town, having been born and bred in Redisham where his father Adrian became a famous author and farmer.

This is the second time he has supported the hall, with the first by invitation from the Adrian Bell Society, with his sister Anthea.

Mr Bell is a former foreign correspondent and independent politician, who in the 1997 elections became the first successful independent parliamentary candidate for 46 years.

He is now ambassador for Unicef and has taken up the role as patron for Beccles Public Hall.

Mr Bell’s new book of verse For Whom The Bell Tolls will be available to purchase on the day for £8.99, of which £2 per copy will be donated to the hall. Ronnie Ronalde, a friend of Mr Bell hoped to be present, but hall director, John Cushing revealed he had been taken ill.

He said: “It is with great sadness that we report that Ronnie suffered a major stroke just after his 90th birthday and he is currently at home after a protracted stay at James Paget Hospital.

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“Ronnie was greatly looking forward to Martin’s event and we hope he will be well enough to still attend.”

The afternoon begins at 2pm with doors opening at 1.30pm. There will be cakes and drinks for sale and the bar will be open in the interval.

The second half will feature a question and answer session

Tickets for An Afternoon with Martin Bell OBE, on Sunday, October 27, are for sale at £8 or £7 for concessions, from the box office, open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 3pm and from the online box office at,

• On Sunday, November 17 there is another opportunity to hear some of the Adrian Bell Society’s members’ readings from the famous diaries, journals and array of books.

Tickets are £5 and also available from the box office.