Sit-Com falls in for village comedy

DON'T panic, Mr Mainwaring - Dad's Army is coming to Trimley!The award winning Trimley Saints Players are busy in rehearsals for two one-act Dad's Army comedies by David Croft and Jimmy Perry.

DON'T panic, Mr Mainwaring - Dad's Army is coming to Trimley!

The award winning Trimley Saints Players are busy in rehearsals for two one-act Dad's Army comedies by David Croft and Jimmy Perry.

The group has brought forward its summer show to the spring and will start a four-night run of the production on April 30.

While their annual pantos are sell-outs, the Saints are experts at comedy too having enjoyed highly-successful runs of Allo Allo and Are you Being Served?, both of which sold out in advance.

This production of Dad's Army comprises two one act comedies from the long-running television series - Mum's Army, first broadcast by the BBC in 1970, and The Godiva Affair from 1974.

In Mum's Army, Capt Mainwaring - played by Dudley Knights - involves the women of the town in the war effort and becomes involved himself with one of them, and in The Godiva Affair the platoon decide to perform a morris dance at the Walmington-on-Sea spitfire fund carnival.

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Sergeant Wilson is played by Tony Rodwell, Lance Corporal Jones by Paul Pascall, Private Frazer by David Cook; Private Godfrey Robert Hutchings, Private Walker by Richard Gifford; Private Pike by Richard Lock, and ARP Warden Hodges by Jim Wearne.

The show is directed by Ruth Miller.

Saints chairman Richard Gifford said: “Usually our second show each year is staged in September but due to members' commitments, holidays and even a wedding within the group, this year we are much earlier.

“In a recent survey, Dad's Army was voted the fourth favourite TV sitcom of all time - Only Fools and Horses, Blackadder and The Vicar of Dibley were first, second and third.

“If the enormous amount of fun we have had rehearsing the show is anything to go by, the audience should certainly enjoy it.”

The show will be on at the Memorial Hall, High Road, Trimley St Martin, from Wednesday, April 30 to Saturday, May 3, nightly at 7.45pm plus a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets are available on 01394 671119 and proceeds will go to charity.