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Deal

April 25, 2019

One of the advantages of this theatre tour is that we get to see parts of the country we’ve never seen before. 
 
Carolyn and I drove for five hours from Hull to Deal and every mile was worthwhile to experience the peaceful beauty of this gorgeous town on the very edge of Kent (and England).
 
The Astor Community Centre, restored in 2010, was named after local benefactor Nancy Astor, the first woman to sit as an MP in Parliament. (The first woman elected was a Sinn Fein representative who refused to take her seat.)
 
It’s the first theatre I’ve been in that is arranged so that the audience can drink as well as watch the show. Andy Richardson was my interviewer once again and Waterstones (otherwise known as Deal Books) was the bookseller.
 
On Wednesday morning we enjoyed a long walk along the pebble beaches of Deal and Walmer where Julius Caesar led the first Roman invasion, calculating that the white cliffs of Dover a few miles away would have represented a much more formidable defence to overcome.
 

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