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Thursday, August 8, 2013
Singing star Sinitta caused a storm when she arrived by Rolls Royce in the middle of North Walsham’s busy market place today, Thursday.
She was - literally - on the arm of ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, who was making a VIP visit to the town ahead of two sell-out shows at Mundesley Festival later in the day.
Mr Hewlett dropped into the Showcase Gallery to open a revamped basement area for gifts and art.
The entertainer has a big following in north Norfolk having appeared at Cromer’s summer pier show, Thursford’s Christmas Spectacular, and Mundesley Festival in the past. And there was a long queue among the market day crowds keen to grab a photo and autograph.
After emerging from the white Rolls with his glamorous puppet, Mr Hewlett went downstairs in the shop to cut a cake marking the official reopening.
He said work had “gone crazy” since he reached the final of Britain’s Got Talent in May.
“I have got lots of meeting with Sinitta - the real one - to work on some TV projects together,” he explained.
His surprise use of dolls featuring X Factor vocal coach Sinitta and Simon Cowell on the TV show had led him to add more celebrity dummies to his routines, to fit with his topical comedy.
Mr Hewlett also said he had a boom in corporate work, a UK theatre tour from February including Cromer, and would be working with Paul Daniels in an Alice in Wonderland variety show at Easter.
“But I was also keen to honour my existing commitments, including Mundesley - because I have a lot of followers up here - and am keen to support the local people who support me,” he added.
The Showcase Gallery newsagents and gift shop was opened by Bob and Jan White four years ago, but the downstairs was shut for a while for repairs. It now houses work by local artists.