‘I did a little dance around the council offices’ - Cromer mayor reveals joy as Dr Who John Hurt agrees to attend civic service

John Hurt recording the Voice of the Mirror at Sheringham Little Theatre. Photo: Bill Smith John Hurt recording the Voice of the Mirror at Sheringham Little Theatre. Photo: Bill Smith

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
10:37 AM

Cromer’s mayor danced a jig of delight around the town council offices when he heard that Dr Who actor John Hurt would be a special guest at his civic and community carol service.

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The famous actor, who lives near Cromer, will do a reading at the service, which has been delayed for two months because of the health of mayor David Pritchard’s wife, Helen.

Mr Hurt is fresh from the 50th anniversary of Dr Who, which was watched by an estimated 10.2m viewers.

He appeared in the special 75-minute episode alongside David Tennant and the current Doctor, Matt Smith.

Mr Pritchard said: “I had always wanted to hold a community carol service for the entire town to attend so combining the two seemed the obvious answer.

“When it was confirmed that John Hurt would be attending and reading as part of the service I did a little dance around the council offices – I am still so excited about it.”

The service is organised to raise funds for the “Mayor’s Mission” which Mr Pritchard has put in place to raise funds for the repair or replacement of the first world war memorial in the grounds of Cromer Parish Church.

He said: “The years have not been kind to the memorial and it is in need of some work.”

At the first meeting to discuss the memorial, discussions took place on whether to repair or replace and whether to include the names of the fallen from the second world war and subsequent conflicts.

The current cost estimate is in the region of up to £45,000 and so “the pressure is on” said Mr Pritchard.

Along with John Hurt on December 8, the internationally-renowned Broadland Youth Choir will be singing and also playing a selection of Christmas songs will be the Broadland Brass Band.

The service is at Cromer Parish Church at 3pm on Sunday December 8.

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