James Marston: I’ve had a smashing time this week

James Marston at Felixstowe Tennis Club.

James Marston at Felixstowe Tennis Club.

There’s nothing more English than a game of tennis.

And it was at Felixstowe Lawn Tennis Club – not far from my small flat with sea views (distant) - where I found myself with my plain-speaking-photographer-friend-Lucy on Saturday afternoon.

As she was taking pictures, I soaked up the atmosphere.

It’s a charming place – founded 1884 - and apparently Fred Perry once played there.

I have yet to don my tennis shorts – in fact Lucy pleaded with me not to – but, as regular readers know I have been trying to increase my exercise and lose a spot of weight.

I‘ve not been doing well even though I have been swimming.

I also cycle but actually found myself stuffing chips into my panniers on Monday evening which somewhat undid my efforts to get on my bike in the first place.

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Anyway I think I’ve lost about three pounds so far in about three weeks which isn’t much but it is something.

As usual it has been an interesting week as I get out and about in the county.

On Monday I was at Ipswich Hospital where I met the chaps of Suffolk Serv – the guys who bike around with blood and blood products helping save lives.

I also met the inspiring team in Ipswich Hospital Transfusion Laboratory – they even showed me the fridge where they keep the blood itself – I managed not to faint.

Interestingly blood has got a shelf life of 35 days. Something which I find I regularly try to do with carrots, yoghurts and cucumber.

This weekend, of course, I shall be expounding some nervous energy as I grace the seafront of Felixstowe as poet John Betjeman.

Of course it’s not all about me, indeed the promenade production by my playwright friend Suzanne Hawkes, which includes the audience riding around on a vintage bus, draws on the talent of several other actors as we play, at various weekends over the summer, the parts of some of the characters and personalities that have shaped the town’s history over the years.

If you promise not to laugh – I’m wearing a panama and a linen jacket – and want tickets call the box office on 01394 279613.