Thetford mayor chooses David Bowie theme for charity ball

EXCITED: Robert Kybird, Thetford mayor-turned Bowie lookalike, at the Guildhall steps the star used 50 years ago
EXCITED: Robert Kybird, Thetford mayor-turned Bowie lookalike, at the Guildhall steps the star used 50 years ago
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A theme for the Thetford mayor’s upcoming charity ball became a ‘no-brainer’ when he learned that David Bowie had performed at the same venue exactly 50 years earlier.

Robert Kybird is breaking with tradition by choosing a theme for his ball at the Carnegie Room next month – ‘From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads’ – a line taken from Bowie’s ‘Life on Mars’ hit (apparently the only top 20 song to include the county in its lyrics).

Following news of the singer’s death on January 10, Cllr Kybird began investigating when he had performed in Thetford, prompted by his partner Glynis Irish who was sure that he had.

He was surprised to learn that the ball he would be hosting as mayor was due to be held on the 50th anniversary of Bowie’s first performance in the town, and at the same venue, the Guildhall (prior to its Carnegie Room extension).

Cllr Kybird, who is keen to include a younger generation in next month’s festivities, said Bowie was ‘a bit of a no-brainer for a theme’.

Ball-goers are being invited to wear optional themed dress while the venue is likely to be decorated with posters of Bowie through the ages or his album covers and Thetford/Bury St Edmunds-based band Gecko Function will be performing Bowie songs.

There will also be a Bowie-themed menu featuring an ‘Absolute Beginners’ sharing platter, ‘Ashes to Ashes’ chargrilled chicken with ‘Major Tom’-ato sauce and an ‘After All’ rich chocolate marquise dessert with a little ‘Stardust’.

The Mayor’s Ball will take place at the Carnegie Room in Cage Lane, Thetford, from 7pm on Saturday, April 9.

Tickets cost £35 each and include a drink on arrival and a four-course meal.

For booking forms, email kerryleeder@thetfordtowncouncil.gov.uk or call the town council on 01842 754247.

Money raised will go to the mayor’s charities, Improve Group (supported by the mental health charity Rethink) and Age UK Norfolk (for a Thetford based project).