Paul Merson’s mix of hilarious tales and heartbreaking stories provided a real roller-coaster of emotions for a sell-out crowd at Your Local Paper’s last ‘An Evening With…’ event.

The dust has well and truly settled on our last sporting evening but it begs a simple question – where do we go from here?

Our return, after two years away thanks to Covid, saw an Evening with Paul Merson, in association with Contract Builders Direct and Kevin Moulton, Heating, Plumbing and Bathrooms, pack the Duke’s Head Hotel in King’s Lynn.

It was our first sell-out and we couldn’t be more thankful about the support and growth we’ve been able to achieve with each of our offerings. 

Pictures: PAUL TIBBS.

It helps when we’ve invested more and been backed by sponsors to be able to bring a higher-profile name to town each time – and in Merson’s case that’s a TV personality with an absolutely incredible back story.

He had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand as he switched seamlessly between hilarious stories about his wild antics and heartbreaking tales about his destructive addictions.

We could have potentially sold the 225 ticket allocation having never held a show but, given the many friendly punters who keep coming back, it’s fair to say people are buying into what we do – and we’re eternally thankful.

While football clearly works, we can’t help but wonder if it’s time, after four shows of focusing on it, to move away from the beautiful game. 

Pictures: PAUL TIBBS.

We’ve had a couple of Norwich City legends in Iwan Roberts and Darren Huckerby, we’ve welcomed a TV personality and larger-than-life figure in Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock, while 1990s poster boy Lee Sharpe delighted all with his smooth talking. Maybe now’s the time to hear something else other than dressing room stories? Or is the adage true – if it’s not broken don’t fix it?

Is there anyone you’d like to see in Lynn? Is there a sport you’d love us to shine the spotlight on? Perhaps it’s time to focus on cricket, boxing or rugby – like we were going to with Norfolk’s England star Ben Youngs before family illness saw us cancel our original planned return in November 2021.

If we couldn’t bring Youngs home, could we do something similar with Paralympic idol Jody Cundy, esteemed hockey coach Danny Kerry or Ironman extraordinaire Chrissie Wellington?

Pictures: PAUL TIBBS.


Maybe a night with some Linnets legends might float your boat if you want more football?

Or perhaps we’ve set the bar so high with Merson that we need to keep pushing? Hailed as the best guest yet it’s hard to know how we’ll top it – but we’ll try.

We’re all ears so do get in touch. We pride ourselves on being a community paper; we listen to our readers and we can’t wait to welcome regular, and new eyes, to one of our nights when show five gets booked in and announced. 

Watch this space…


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