We’re back. And we’re back with a bang.
After more than 18 months away thanks to the various COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, our live events – Your Local Paper presents Caney’s Corner Live – can finally return on Monday, November 22 at 7.30pm.
Not since March 5, 2020, when punters packed The Duke’s Head’s Walpole Ballroom for an evening with former Manchester United player Lee Sharpe, have we been able to build further momentum with our project.
It started with a desire to bring an audience with sports stars to West Norfolk in 2019, thanks to columnist Gavin Caney and the backing of Alan Taylor, Gary Bush and the rest of the YLP team.
With support from The Duke’s Head, the first evening on April 18 with Norwich City legends Iwan Roberts and Darren Huckerby convinced all involved to press ahead thanks to the outstanding interest from fans across the district.
Nights with Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock and Sharpe followed but the pandemic put paid to plans to host more chat show-style offerings in front of a crowd in 2020.
Now the world is opening up again it’s time to put on another show – this time with arguably our biggest name yet.
For the first time it’s a current, not retired, sportsperson. And importantly it’s a move away from football, which is something we’d all been keen to try.
Step forward Leicester’s international star Ben Youngs, born in Aylsham, who is returning to Norfolk to talk all things rugby.
The scrum-half is England’s second-most capped player of all time. Seventeen years after Jason Leonard achieved the feat, he became the next person to become a Red Rose centurion by picking up his 100th cap.
With a bit of luck he’ll have represented his country again with the November internationals scheduled to culminate just two days prior to his arrival in Lynn.
He’s a special player who has enjoyed special things during his career and we can’t wait to, finally, hold another special night of sporting insight and entertainment in the area.