Cromer Pier prepares to host first ever busking competition

Jim Higgs. Picture: Robin Myerscough

Jim Higgs. Picture: Robin Myerscough - Credit: Robin Myerscough

Musicians are set to flock to Cromer Pier to take part in the Victorian attractions's first ever 'busking day'.

Six acts will play along the length of the pier as they vie for the public's vote, with the winning singer scooping a slot on the coveted Pavilion Theatre stage at a later date.

The tuneful idea was thought up by friends Ben Carpenter, a local music promoter, and Rebecca Wass, general manager of the pier.

Mr Carpenter, who helped organise this year's Rock Bodham weekend, said: 'I'm really excited as we will have no electric, power amps or mics so it will be proper old fashioned busking only.

'It should be a really entertaining day.'

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Miss Wass added: 'I've been working over the last few months to create some opportunities for artists to perform on the pier and entertain the visitors; this has worked well with walk-about acts and some storytelling.

'After seeing the success of Rock Bodham I knew Ben would be the perfect person to help increase this entertainment through to September.

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'His brilliant suggestion of a busking day will showcase local talent and give one lucky winner a brilliant opportunity to perform on the Pavilion stage.'

The line-up is nearly complete and includes Jim Higgs (pictured), Swing Lizzy, Couch and Reg Length.

The busking day is being held on Sunday, September 8. The acts will play from 11am - 3pm, alternating every hour so they get to perform at different sections along the pier.

For more details visit the pier's Facebook page.

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