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How Norfolk and Waveney’s entertainment venues have launched the rich and famous

Bradley Walsh outside the Wellington Pier in Gt Yarmouth in 1998. Picture: Daniel Kennedy

Bradley Walsh outside the Wellington Pier in Gt Yarmouth in 1998. Picture: Daniel Kennedy

Norfolk and Waveney’s entertainment venues have launched many great stars - let’s just hope they don’t forget us and coming back.

Doctor Who Series 11 line-up including Yasmin (Mandip Gill), Graham (Bradley Walsh), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole). Picture: (C) BBC - Photographer: Chris Chibnall Doctor Who Series 11 line-up including Yasmin (Mandip Gill), Graham (Bradley Walsh), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole). Picture: (C) BBC - Photographer: Chris Chibnall

The Theatre Royal, Cromer Pier, the Marina Theatre, King’s Lynn Corn Exchange and many more.

They are places we all know and love, as we know they all put on a great show which can make us laugh, cry and cheer.

But these entertainment venues, which are so important to the communities that they are at the heart of, are even more important than we perhaps realise – because they launch people to stardom as well.

Over the years our theatres have helped many to fame – from Bruce Forsyth performing in Yarmouth in his younger days to Bradley Walsh now becoming Doctor Who’s companion after playing at Cromer Pier in the 1980s.

Norfolk and Waveney are certainly great routes to stardom. Let’s just hope those who we have made famous don’t forget us, and keep on delighting local fans.

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