Hopes are rising of getting Cromer’s storm-hit Christmas show back on again by midweek.

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Gaping holes in the pier decking, and the Pavilion Theatre’s bar and auditorium have undergone emergency repairs this weekend.

An excited show company manager and musical director Nigel Hogg said on Saturday afternoon: “We are hoping to get the show back on Wednesday or Thursday.”

The box office was badly damaged by the waves smashing up through the floor, but a temporary one was being set up in the bar.

Mr Hogg said hopes were now high of getting back soon. It hinged on a structural inspection over the weekend but there “don’t seem to be any major problems.”

He praised North Norfolk District Council for ”pulling out all the stops” to get the theatre and show back in action. “They have been wonderful,” he added.

Cast members have been to the theatre to collect costumes for an appearance at this afternoons 5.30pm switching on of Cromer’s Christmas lights.

Show bosses were initially been bullish about getting the show back on stage quickly, but the mood blackened when the extent of the damage to the pier became clear on Friday.

The Tides restaurant and souvenir shop are badly damaged however. Mr Hogg said: “The shop has been lifted 6in higher than the box office next door.”

Council spokesman Peter Battrick said a clear up at Sheringham was also under way at the second, before switching to Cromer promenade on Monday.

8 comments

  • Saw the truly tremendous damage done to the pier and promenade, yet not a word in national press or BBC. If just one tenth of storm damage had been done to London as brought down on the east coast this week we would never have heard the last of it. As far as central government and the media are concerned we do not exist

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    weaversway

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • BBC & Mandela simply equates to the EDP and Cromer pier. Is there a day when a picture of the pier does not pop up in the paper? Lets all count from now. Why is it a top priority to get the pier up and running again when there are so many other areas of damage impacting on peoples lives that NNDC should focus. Is it time to stop spending shed loads of money every year on a pier when the NNDC is completely strapped for cash?

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    sensibletrousers

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • @weaversway Hear hear! There's been no mention of the government helping out. So many businesses and residential properties have been damaged and there's no talk of help or financial assistance from the government. If it had happened in London - or even another country in the world - they'd be helping out within hours.

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    Bishybarnabee

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • Nelson Mandela caused the flooding damage in Cromer? Wow, some of you people should spend more time carefully taking your medication than trolling round here.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • If anyone is on medication Cyril I suggest it must be you with your inability to read English. No one has said that Mandela caused the floods in Cromer. The compliant is with the BBC's blanket coverage of Mandela's death when a natural disaster is happening on our own doorstep.

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    Julian Dyer

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Saw the truly tremendous damage done to the pier and promenade, yet not a word in national press or BBC. If just one tenth of storm damage had been done to London as brought down on the east coast this week we would never have heard the last of it. As far as central government and the media are concerned we do not exist

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    weaversway

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • All the BBC are concerned with is the death of Nelson Mandela. As sad as that may be, when the biggest storm surge for 60 years hits the East Coast I think the BBC should get its priorities right. Good news that the Christmas show may be on again soon, we have been looking forward to seeing it.

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    Julian Dyer

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • @ Julian Dyer - I am with you on this one. The BBC seem to have lost all sense of proportion over the death of Mandela. As far as they are concerned there is no other story in town except him. They have obviously had a large number of complaints and have put out their usual, we are always right, type of statement. I am sure the government will stump up a bit of money this time round. The next general election is too close for them not to do something. Bit cynical but that`s how it works nowadays.

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    BG

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

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