Wit and squit as Bishop of Norwich joins Cromer capers to celebrate Keith Skipper’s magic milestone

22:05 11 October 2012

BBC Radio Norfolk

BBC Radio Norfolk's panel game Should The Team Think? at Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre. Left to right, The Rt Rev Graham James, Keith Skipper, David Clayton, Carol Bundock and Olly Day. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY


Wit, squit - and a bit of Skip - was a big hit at a special event to mark a golden milestone for a Norfolk entertainer.

Hundreds of people braved the wind and rain to make it to Cromer Pier’s Pavilion Theatre for a show to mark Keith Skipper’s 50 years as a local mardler and scribe.

Skip Ahoy! - 50 years of Norfolk Squit and Wit featured a “for one night only” return of the Radio Norfolk panel game Should the Team Think?

Mr Skipper joined forces with the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James to take on BBC Look East’s Carol Bundock and comedian Olly Day, who also compered the first half of the event.

Introducing the panel game, which was being recorded to be broadcast on Radio Norfolk at Christmas, panel chairman David Clayton said: “We are here for a very special occasion.

“Keith Skipper has been writer and broadcaster, writer and broadcaster for 50 years. We are also here to help the EDP We Care Appeal. Everybody here, by buying a ticket, is contributing to that good cause.”

To launch the game, the four panellists were issued with the “limerick challenge”. Ms Bundock had to write one beginning with “there was a young lady from Weeting”.

Mr Day was given Gissing, Bishop Graham got Docking and Mr Skipper drew the rhyming short straw - Houghton St Giles.

Should the Team think? was the show’s second half.

Earlier, the audience was entertained by local singer and guitarist Danny Platton and comedian Pat Nearney.

Mr Platton delighted the audience with his whimsical Norfolk songs, including Mind Yer Hid, Delia’s Dumplings and Hev Yew Gotta Loight Boy?

Mr Nearney - from “Mundesley twinned with Beirut” - rolled out a regiment of Norfolk gags, some of which were so near the knuckle that they took some skin off.

After the show, EDP editor Nigel Pickover took to the stage to present EDP columnist Mr Skipper with a mock-up of an EDP front page and a bottle of Champagne to mark his half century.

Mr Pickover said the gifts were “on behalf of the EDP’s readers and the people of Norfolk” to say a big thank you for his “wonderful contribution”.

1 comment

  • You live and learn , I`ve always thought that Keith Skipper was an invented character , like Alan Partridge or Rambling Sid Rumpole . He must be just about the last person in the county to speak in that dialect . The rest of Norfolk has had their accents diluted by watching Eastenders and Neighbours on the TV .

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