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Performer to sing songs about Diss in church show

PUBLISHED: 12:02 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:48 11 August 2017

David Young sings about the time the hands on the church clock in Diss disappeared and when the town was branded 'the meanest in the land.' Picture: David Young

David Young sings about the time the hands on the church clock in Diss disappeared and when the town was branded 'the meanest in the land.' Picture: David Young

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A singer will raise funds for a town museum by performing songs about the area.

Photo by cartoonist Tony Hall, shows Scrooge rising from the Mere in what the national press branded as Diss 'the meanest town in the land'.Picture: David YoungPhoto by cartoonist Tony Hall, shows Scrooge rising from the Mere in what the national press branded as Diss 'the meanest town in the land'.Picture: David Young

David Young will be singing about the time the clock hands disappeared from St Mary’s Church’s clock in Diss, as well as the time the town made national headlines for being the meanest town in Britain.

His album Timeless Town, produced in Eye, contains nine tracks. The track Timeless Town describes the events.

Mr Young said: “In 2004 scaffolding was put in place to renew a golden painted cupola on top of St Mary’s Church.

“Local vandals shinned up the scaffolding and stole the hands off both faces of the clock.

“They were obviously quite enterprising vandals.”

Another verse in the same song describes the time the Christmas lights in the town were vandalised.

Owner of Toybox Toys, Roy Minshull, dressed up as Ebenezer Scrooge and managed to collect just £5 for the new lights.

National newspapers got hold of the story and branded Diss the meanest town in the land.

The event takes place on Friday, August 18 at 7.30 pm in St Mary’s Church Hall, Diss.

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