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Review and photo gallery: Cromer Pier Christmas Show

09:24 30 November 2014

Dancers and children from Cromer Pier

Dancers and children from Cromer Pier's 2014 Christmas Show. Picture: SUBMITTED

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Cromer Christmas show

Cromer Pier Pavilion

There is something cosy and homely about the festive version of Cromer’s end-of-the-pier show.

A close knit “family” of entertainers take it in turns to amuse the gathered clans with their party tricks.

Dancers from Cromer Pier's 2014 Christmas Show. Picture: SUBMITTEDDancers from Cromer Pier's 2014 Christmas Show. Picture: SUBMITTED

The stage is decorated with colourful scenery and costumes and performing children provide the “aah” factor.

Regular headliner Olly Day is the favourite uncle whose jokes, visual humour and magic tricks spark laughter from children and grannies alike. He also uses his Norfolk-flavoured cheeky charm to build a warm rapport with the audience.

Special guest Lyn Paul is the talented visiting aunty happy to showcase her showbiz credentials with a medley of the pop song hits that brought her worldwide fame with The New Seekers. But she also performs some different numbers including a version of Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive with a stage presence that underlines why she has also made her name on the West End stage.

Speciality act Benson adds more magic, along with juggling and a clever audience-participation handbell ringing routine laced with comedy.

Stars and dancers from Cromer Pier's 2014 Christmas Show. Picture: SUBMITTEDStars and dancers from Cromer Pier's 2014 Christmas Show. Picture: SUBMITTED

He became Olly’s arms in a daft and deft knockabout routine that provided one of the show highlights.

Cromer-based singer Eddie Bushell and singer/dancer Holly Vernon-Harcourt bolstered the vocals for singalong festive songs. And the show dancers provided a blend of glamour and energy to add extra sparkle and style ranging from tap and ballet to Scottish reels and pop.

The Cromer show cannot seek to match the bigger scale and budget of the Thursford show up the road but it has the warmth and intimacy of a festive family gathering - without the arguments.

With its colour, laugh-or-groan jokes, novelty and explosive moments, 10 years after it launched the show remains a true Christmas cracker.

Richard Batson

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