BBC's Nicholas Owen to join in show recalling Redhill's "Diamond Years" (From Redhill And Reigate Life)
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BBC's Nicholas Owen to join in show recalling Redhill's "Diamond Years"
11:31am Tuesday 9th October 2012 in Local News
BBC Newsreader Nicholas Owen is to join in a big-screen presentation of the Redhill of yesteryear in a special show in the town.
Nicholas, who lives in Reigate, will be sharing his reminiscences of his time as Royal Correspondent for ITN from 1994 to 2000, in the presentation to be mounted at the Harlequin Theatre and Cinema on Monday, October 29.
Entitled Redhill: The Diamond Years, to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the show is the work of local historian John Capon.
He said: “Ten years ago I did a big-screen presentation at the Harlequin Theatre to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, entitled ‘Redhill – The Jubilee Years.’ “Redhill: The Diamond Years’ will mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and raise funds for this year’s Winter Night Shelter for Homeless People, being run by local churches.”
He said: “Andy Nash, manager of The Belfry shopping centre, has agreed to mount a display of old pictures from the last 60 years at the Belfry.”
Citing his presentation, John said: “Anyone who remembers when traffic trundled through the old crossroads at Redhill past Market Hall, and when Redhill Football Club played in Memorial Park, is in for a treat.”
He said: “Redhill: The Diamond Years will be recalling the time before there was a one-way system in the town or any pedestrianised areas. “There was no Harlequin or Belfry Shopping Centre. Redhill was very different when the Queen came to the throne in 1952.”
John said older residents will be able to relive those days and new-comers will discover them for the first time in the audio-visual show, which will include hundreds of pictures tracing the people, events and developments in the town during the Queen’s reign, set to his commentary and laced with music and humour.
He called Redhill's past “fascinating” and welcomed Nicholas Owen's contribution as being perfectly apt for the royal theme of the evening.
The performance will take place on Monday, October 29, at 7.30pm, and tickets, priced £7 and £6 concessions, are available from the Harlequin box office on 01737 276500, or online at: www.harlequintheatre.co.uk All proceeds will go towards the Winter Night Shelter for Homeless People being run by local churches.