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Video update and photo gallery: Cromer Pier’s Christmas Show launches with extra sparkle and a New Seekers star

09:56 21 November 2014

Cromer Pier Christmas Show 2014. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Cromer Pier Christmas Show 2014. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

Cromer Pier’s Christmas Show has sprinkled on extra glitter to mark its 10th anniversary.

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.

Cromer Pier Christmas Show 2014. Lyn Paul.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYCromer Pier Christmas Show 2014. Lyn Paul. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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.

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.

Cromer Pier Christmas Show 2014. Olly Day.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYCromer Pier Christmas Show 2014. Olly Day. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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 ongoing 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.

Cromer Pier Christmas Show 2014. Lyn Paul and Olly Day with the cast. Picture: ANTONY KELLYCromer Pier Christmas Show 2014. Lyn Paul and Olly Day with the cast. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

LYN PAUL FACT FILE

Born Lynda Belcher February 16 1946 in Wythenshawe Manchester.

First played a flower on stage aged three and in 1960 had a child extra part in Coronation Street.

Began singing as Tanzy Paul aged 14, then switched her name to Lyn Paul when forming the Chrys-Do-Lyns group with school friends.

She joined the Nocturnes where she met Eve Graham who later suggested she filled a vacancy in the New Seekers in 1970.

Lyn found global fame with the New Seekers from 1971-74 - including the massive hit I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing based on a Coca Cola advert.

She sang lead on the 1972 Eurovision song Beg Steal or Borrow which came second.

Other hits featuring her on led before the group disbanded were You Wont Find Another Fool Like Me and I Get a Little Sentimental over You.

Lyn went solo in 1974 with Sail the Summers Winds, theme to the Gregory Peck-directed movie The Dove.

Through the 70s she did summer seasons including at Great Yarmouth and later became a panto regular.

Made her name as an actress during a decade starring in Blood Brothers stage shows.

In 2002 she sang in the Taboo musical with Boy George.

She has appeared in TV shows such as Holby City, Doctors and Emmerdale.

Her other recent musicals include Footloose (2007) and Rhinestone Mondays (2011) and Cabaret (2013) with Will Young.

Lyn also appeared in a nude calendar of Blood Brothers cast members in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of her mother.

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