Funding has been granted to a community theatre company to work with members of Effingham Local History Group to organise a Twenties Night at Effingham Golf Club in March next year.

The event will include music, dancing and readings from a new book on lesbian couple Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney, as well as displays bringing to life forgotten LGBTQ history.

The couple were England's first great female musical comedy double act in the 1920s, singing the popular love songs of the day to each other on stage.

Theatre company Behind The Lines' creative director, Alison Child, said: "We are thrilled to have received National Lottery funding to recognise and celebrate the work of these remarkable women on stage and in the places they lived.

"We look forward to sharing their story with people of all ages and interests across those communities in 2020.”

Anyone interested in the local history of the area can attend.

Behind The Lines which is based in Hove, East Sussex, has received £20,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for this project.

The result will be five multi-media gatherings that celebrate communities' abilities to adapt and include everyone.

Stuart McLeod, Head of National Lottery Heritage Fund for South East England, added: “We are proud to support this exciting project to share the story of these fascinating women.

"Thanks to National Lottery players, the project will help local communities learn about and celebrate Gwen and Norah’s shared life and work."