Whodunnit at Red House?

I LIKE a good ‘Whodunnit’. Opinion polls suggest that Sherlock Holmes is the most popular detective, but give me Columbo any time!

On Saturday I visited Red House Museum at Gomersal for a performance on the life of Agatha Christie presented by actors Lucy and Merry who wore the clothes that were all the fashion in the 1920s and 1930s.

Agatha Christie is the best selling novelist of all time, with an estimated eight billion readers throughout the world. In London her play The Mousetrap has been performed over 25,000 times.

Agatha was born in 1890 to a very wealthy family. Her books are famous for characters such as Miss Marples and Hercule Poirot. Her books are about murder and passion.

In 1926 when her marriage hit the rocks, she famously disappeared, and was eventually found in the spa town of Harrogate.

Lucy and Merry wore various evening dresses, shawls, dresses and gowns. They were very funny and had good repartee with the audience who gave them a good ovation at the end of the show.

Sadly it was announced that Museum Officer Helga Hughes and Pauline North are leaving Red House at the end of this month for pastures new.

Both Helga and Pauline have contributed enormously over the years to the success of Red House. Their talents will be sorely missed.

JOHN APPLEYARD

Firthcliffe Parade

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