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Any Questions in Felixstowe tonight

PUBLISHED: 11:51 12 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

ONE of the nation's favourite radio programmes will tonight be broadcast live from Felixstowe - and is guaranteed a full house.

Heavyweights from the political world take centre stage at the Old Felixstowe Community Centre and every one of the 200 tickets for the event has been taken.

ONE of the nation's favourite radio programmes will tonight be broadcast live from Felixstowe – and is guaranteed a full house.

Heavyweights from the political world take centre stage at the Old Felixstowe Community Centre and every one of the 200 tickets for the event has been taken.

Jonathan Dimbleby will host Radio 4's Any Questions and his guests are expected to be Lib Dem MP Menzies Campbell, William Hague's spin doctor at the last election, Amanda Platell, controversial Labour MP Clare Short, and shadow secretary of state for work and pensions, David Willetts.

Robin Cook and Ann Widdecombe were in the original line-up for the show but have since had to pull out because of other engagements and duties, and organisers will be keeping fingers crossed there are no last minute changes.

The programme will be broadcast live at 8pm.

The Old Felixstowe Community Association, which is more used to hosting carpet bowls, lacemaking and brownies' events, was thrilled to be asked by the BBC to stage the show.

Its members face a busy day of getting the hall in Ferry Road ready before the outside broadcast unit arrives late this afternoon.

After the programme, they will have a frantic evening of clearing up before the association's next event tomorrow morning . . . its autumn fayre!

Any Questions is one of the BBC's longest-running programmes and tonight will be celebrating its 53rd anniversary since its first broadcast in 1948.

Felixstowe has been featured on BBC programmes before.

It is believed Any Questions was broadcast once before from the town – from the Spa Pavilion in the 1950s – and more recently the town was featured on Songs of Praise in the 1980s and OFCA's centre was used for Radio Suffolk's Gardeners' Question Time.

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