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Film buffs set for a date with Googie!

PUBLISHED: 11:33 27 August 2009 | UPDATED: 15:07 14 July 2010

THE Wymondham Regal Experience Group's next classic screening will mark the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the second world war with a strong Norfolk flavour.

THE Wymondham Regal Experience Group's next classic screening will mark the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the second world war with a strong Norfolk flavour. The packed show will be at the town's old Regal Cinema, now part of the local Ex-Services' Club, on Sunday, September 6 at 2.30pm.

The main feature will be The Silver Fleet, starring Googie Withers and Ralph Richardson, which was released in 1943. The story centres round a Dutch shipping magnate who poses as a traitor when making a new submarine in his yard for the Germans, but he then sabotages it.

The film saw King's Lynn double for occupied Holland and various sequences were shot in parts of the town, including Nelson Street, Priory Lane, South Quay, the old girls' school and the Guildhall. Many locals were employed as extras as they had been in One of Our Aircraft is Missing, which had been shot in King's Lynn the previous year and also starred Googie Withers.

Joanna McCallum, the daughter of the legendary Googie Withers and former film star John McCallum who are both over 90 and living in Australia, is set to make a personal appearance at the show. Joanna has had a successful stage and TV career herself, appearing in such television productions as Poirot, Trainer and Holby City. She portrayed Virginia Woolf in the 1994 movie Tom and Viv, based on the poet T S Eliot's first marriage.

There will also be a small exhibition on the film career of Googie Withers.

The show will kick off with the popular Attleborough Pearlies leading a short singsong of several world war two standards, while the supporting film will be a newsreel from March 1944 featuring among other items the battle for the Monte Cassino and the crew of the HMS Norfolk parading through the streets of Norwich to the City Hall.

Tickets are available from Maureen Dodman on 01953 605593 or Michael Armstrong on 01953 603246 and at the Wymondham Heritage Museum. Prices are £4.50 (£3.50 concessions).

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