Evening of entertainment for ballroom dancing fans

Simply Ballroom with the QE2 Band will be at Beccles Public Hall.

Simply Ballroom with the QE2 Band will be at Beccles Public Hall. - Credit: Archant

For lovers of strict tempo ballroom dancing, the Beccles Public Hall team is offering Simply Ballroom with the QE2 Band on Sunday, May 15, at 2.30pm.

Hall manager Neil Dunnell said: “Big band dance nights, Soul Time! and Jivebunnies’ Jump Jive evenings are just some of the very popular array of dances which are firmly established at the hall but there’s one style which has not really been offered and that’s ballroom.”

After the great success of An Afternoon and Evening with Camilla Dallerup and Ian Waite, the hall team is keen to offer an afternoon which will be very similar to a tea dance.

There will be hot beverages, cakes and the bar will also be open for refreshments. Tickets are £7.

Other events coming up soon are WLOG’s The Best Man - a new musical comedy from April 26 to 30 and Live Classic Rock Group who will be returning to the hall for a 2016 concert with existing members of The Big Red Overcoat, Scream Serenity, A and SLYDE.

Then, former mayor of London Ken Livingstone will be visiting the Public Hall on Sunday, June 5, at 2.30pm.

An Audience With Ken Livingstone will include a “no holds barred” question and answer session.

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He has had an extraordinary political career. Dubbed ‘Red-Ken’ by the media in the 1980s, he went on to clash bitterly with Margaret Thatcher who promptly turfed him out of a job by abolishing the Greater London Council.

He became Labour MP for Brent and then in 2000 became the first elected mayor of London. He was lavished with public praise for upgrading the city’s transport system, introducing the congestion charge, the Oyster card and bus and cycle lanes. He also oversaw the bid that led to the 2012 Summer Olympics. But he still lost two mayoral elections to Conservative candidate Boris Johnson.

A polarising figure in British politics, Livingstone is the author of two autobiographies - If Voting Changed Anything, They’d Abolish It (1987) and You Can’t Say That (2012)

Mr Dunnell said: “Book your ticket now to for An Audience with Ken Livingtone and consider your question for Ken - with the referendum on Europe set just two weeks after Ken’s visit, it will be fascinating to hear what Ken has to say on the subject.

“Love him or loathe him, the afternoon will be an opportunity to ask Ken a pertinent question on his views on Europe or something you have always want to ask.”

Tickets are available online at www.becclespublichall.com, from the box office, open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 3pm or by calling 01502 770060.