Cromer Pier’s Christmas Show has extra sparkle for 10th anniversary
09:19 27 November 2014
Archant Norfolk 2014
Cromer Pier’s Christmas Show has sprinkled on extra glitter to mark its 10th anniversary.
Stars of the Christmas show
All-round Norfolk entertainer Olly Day is back for his sixth season in the decade-long festive show.
“I love to do it, because I can dance and sing, and there is magic and great sketches,” he explained.
“Cromer is becoming my second home each winter. I am looking forward to saying hello to friends old and new after the show,” he added.
Olly has been in showbiz since the age of 14 with a comedy magic act, and won a Search
for a Star talent show final
He is busy with his cabaret, and sings with the Jonathan Wyatt Big Band, as well as doing his long-running schools’ road safety magic show.
The Cromer show really is a home gig for singer Eddie Bushell, who is also doing his sixth festive show.
Eddie, who lives in the town of Cromer with his wife Naomi and daughters Lexi and Frankie, enjoyed entertaining as a hobby before making it his career.
He has been involved in the production of shows at the holiday centre at nearby Mundesley.
Eddie, who is also a keyboard player, also sings in a six-piece male harmony and beatbox group the Acafellas.
Comedy magician Benson joins the festive cast with 10 years experience as a specialist variety act.
His routine includes mime and a very original handbells routine.
It includes adding well-known singer and actress Lyn Paul, who found global fame with the New Seekers, to the cast line-up.
Ms Paul, 65, has also previously starred in the musical Blood Brothers, and done summer seasons and panto in her varied career.
She said the pier festive show was re-kindling her love of variety entertainment.
“I like the camaraderie and family atmosphere of being in a tight-knit cast,” she added.
She will sing her hit songs, as well as join in production numbers with the other cast - all-rounder Olly Day, singer Eddie Bushell, magician Benson and a six-strong dance troupe.
Ms Paul said she enjoyed her New Seekers days - including the world-wide hit I’d Like To Teach the World to Sing - as it “gave me a career”. But she also said her switch to the stage with Blood Brothers, which led to a decade in the matriarchal role of Mrs Johnstone had changed her life.
Pier show deviser Di Cooke said they aimed to “pull out all the stops” every year, but the aim was to give the 10th anniversary show extra “glitz and glamour.”
There would be boogie-woogie and ballet, festive songs, but also entertainment for all season and a Sister Act finale.
Olly Day who has appeared in six of the 10 shows said the Cromer Pier show was unique in Europe and also had a “charm and magic” thanks to its “magnificent theatre”.
The show also features singers and dancers from the Marlene School of Dancing in Cromer.
Cromer Pier’s Christmas Show runs from November 29 to December 27. Access to the pier remains open despite sea defence improvement works. Blue badge holders can get permits to park nearby if they contact the box office. Call 01263 512495 or visit www.cromer-pier.com for tickets and information.
■ See a clip of the show at www.northnorfolknews.co.uk