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Magnets drawn to Regent for aid show

PUBLISHED: 21:11 09 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

THEY are still fresh from recent performances at Portman Road, the New Wolsey and the Regent but The Magnets have already pencilled in their next visit to town.

THEY are still fresh from recent performances at Portman Road, the New Wolsey and the Regent but The Magnets have already pencilled in their next visit to town.

The a cappella group, who have become familiar faces in Ipswich, the home town of member Steve Trowell, will join dancers, comedians and other singers at a variety show being held in aid of Children in Need.

And it promises to be a welcome return for the group who first entertained football fans during half time at the Ipswich v Blackburn Premiership match at Portman Road last month, then wowed near capacity audiences at two performances at the New Wolsey and most recently supported Lisa Stansfield at the Regent.

The inclusion of The Magnets, who produce all their sounds and melodies vocally, comes as the icing on the cake for the Children in Need variety show to be held at the Regent on October 31 which already has a bumper packed line up.

Joining the singing group who were launched to fame on the BBC1 programme Star For A Night will be Suffolk comedian Micky Zany who is not unfamiliar with television either.

He is a master at visual and vocal comedy with an act full of parodies and impressions and has appeared on a host of programmes, including Bushell on the Box and Jim'll Fix It.

Also on the bill are Eve Graham and Kevin Finn from 1970s band the New Seekers who were famous for hits including I'd Like To Teach The World The Sing and Eurovision entry Beg, Steal or Borrow.

The Jelly Rolls, a group of larger-than-life women who sing and tap dance, will also be adding to the entertainment. The group rehearse in Woodbridge and are managed and choreographed by Ernest Maxin who worked for a time as director and producer of The Morecambe and Wise Show.

Ipswich Co-op Juniors and members of Ipswich Operatic Society are also set to take part to provide more fun to the night's fun and ensure the show is what it says it is – variety.

And ensuring everything goes with a swing will be Don Mclean, comedian and BBC Radio 2 presenter, who steps in as compere and host for the night.

Tickets for the Children in Need Variety Show are on sale now priced £8 or £7 for concessions. They can be bought at the Central Box Office, Princes Street, Ipswich, by calling 01473 433100 or on-line at www.ipswich-ents.co.uk

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