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An elderly fox with a strong Suffolk accent and a BBC radio presenter are coming together for a unique show in the home town of the comic character’s creator.

Mavis the Suffolk fox and BBC Radio Suffolk broadcaster Georgy Jamieson will team up for ‘An Everso Lovely Evening with Mavis’ at Haverhill Arts Centre on Friday, June 24.

An invention of puppeteer Laura Bacon – a semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent with her brash American character, Patsy May, a creator of five-star shows on the comedy circuit and someone with a CV that includes work on Spitting Image and Star Wars – Mavis is a lover of nostalgia, telling anecdotes - and biscuits.

BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Georgy Jamieson with Mavis. Picture by Rebecca Austin
BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Georgy Jamieson with Mavis. Picture by Rebecca Austin

Laura said teaming up with Georgy for the cabaret-style show was a ‘continuation’ of the comedic relationship they had developed on the presenter’s Saturday morning radio show, where Mavis has had a regular slot for the last two-and-a-bit years, entertaining listeners with her stories and old wives tales.

Haverhill-raised Laura, who based Mavis on her own late grandmother, said: “We became a real comedy duo, me and Georgy.

“We really bounce off each other. She gets the characters.

Mavis with puppeteer Laura Bacon. Submitted picture
Mavis with puppeteer Laura Bacon. Submitted picture

“It’s just like a relaxed chat show with Suffolk anecdotes and some video footage and some games, which is always really fun to play, and some biscuits. Mavis loves biscuits.”

The show will also be an opportunity to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, in honour of Laura’s grandmother, who died as a result of having the disease.

“She sadly passed away from Alzheimer’s and it’s a horrible, horrible disease,” said Laura.

Mavis at last year's Latitude Festival. Picture by Rebecca Austin
Mavis at last year's Latitude Festival. Picture by Rebecca Austin

“Mavis is a quintessential part of her character before Alzheimer’s took over .”

Mavis’ regular appearances alongside Georgy have seen her popularity rise, while the old fox has also gone on to make appearances at last year’s Latitude Festival, at this year’s Suffolk Show and at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Haverhill.

The show starts at 7.30pm. For tickets go to www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk or call 01440 714140.