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Veteran performer Terry Chappelle to perform Second World War songs for cancer charity

09:00 08 September 2014

Terry Chappelle who is putting on a charity show for Norfolk and Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group in Sheringham.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Terry Chappelle who is putting on a charity show for Norfolk and Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group in Sheringham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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Veteran variety performer Terry Chappelle will be performing popular and less well-known Second World War songs from his childhood for a cancer charity.

The Terry Chappelle and Friends Sing As We Go evening at the Church Hall, St Andrew’s Church, Cromer Road, Sheringham, is happening on Saturday September 13 at 7.30pm.

It promises to be a light-hearted family show of music and laughter and is raising cash for Norfolk and Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group.

Mr Chappelle, 80, who lived through the Blitz as a child in Dulwich, London, was diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer in 2010.

The performer, who moved to Norfolk in 1957, is currently cancer free but still receives six monthly check ups.

He will perform as Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields and Marlene Dietrich alongside 10 amateur performers from Cromer, Overstrand, Sheringham and Caister.

Mr Chappelle, from Holway Road, Sheringham, said: “The show is about the Second World War and the Blitz and how people kept up their spirits with songs. It is a very merry show which people will enjoy. So many people are into 1940s events now. I don’t just leap from costume to costume but gender to gender.”

He first performed in front of the public aged 10 in a school panto and continued from then on.

During the war his parents did not want him or his two older sisters to be evacuated so they stayed together in London.

Mr Chappelle added: “During blackouts one of my sisters played the piano and my other sister and I would sing. I’m now singing the same songs I sang as a child.

“The Blitz was horrendous. I remember coming out of school along the road where there were bullets everywhere. I was a young child and didn’t know any different.”

But he said the war brought people together.

Mr Chappelle, who was a display manager for Bonds department store in Norwich for 17 years, wanted to give something back to the cancer charity.

“Having had prostate cancer myself I wanted to make it easier for other people. Unfortunately it is sometimes a silent disease,” he added.

Tickets cost £8 and can be bought on the door or by sending a cheque for N&WPCSG to 73 Blofield Corner Road, Little Plumstead, Norwich, NR13 5HU.

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