Panel game fun returns to Cromer Pier in aid of EDP We Care appeal

Panelists on the Cromer Pier charity panel game in aid of the EDP We Care appeal last year are thank

Panelists on the Cromer Pier charity panel game in aid of the EDP We Care appeal last year are thanked by EDP editor Nigel Pickover, who will join Keith Skipper's team this time around. - Credit: Archant

The bell will sound for another uplifting round of chuckles for charity on the end of Cromer Pier later this year.

An Airwaves of Laughter panel game show is being planned to raise fresh gales of chortling and much-needed backing for the EDP We Care Appeal.

The event, on stage at the Pavilion Theatre on Friday October 11, follows a resounding success last year when a special show to mark Keith Skipper's 50 years as Norfolk scribe and mardler netted well over £5,000 to boost the appeal. And this time the EDP's editor will be stepping into the spotlight as one of the panellists.

BBC Radio Norfolk's legendary panel game Should The Team Think? was ushered out of retirement for the occasion – and now public demand has resulted in a rousing repeat.

Mr Skipper said: 'I have been inundated with requests for a follow-up dollop of squit, wit and plenty more - both from those who joined in the fun last time and several who realised what they had missed when the show went on air.

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'It didn't take long to get enthusiastic nods of agreement from the team involved for another night of raw emotion in the name of home-made culture and a local cause very close to our hearts.'

Keith was partnered on stage last October by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James. This time, EDP editor Nigel Pickover has accepted his challenge to amuse and bemuse an expectant gathering in equal measure.

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'He picked up a few tips when he attended our last show and made a special presentation to me at the end,' said EDP columnist Keith.

'This is my none-too-subtle way of creeping to the boss in the full glare of theatrical footlights.'

Mr Pickover said: 'The show was great fun last year from my ringside seat but I am looking forward to being in the midst of the verbal sparring action this year.'

Cromer favourite Olly Day joins television personality Carol Bundock to form the other team for friendly combat while Radio Norfolk's David Clayton again attempts to keep order.

'We really are in danger of being labelled the comeback kings of comedy 'he remarked. 'But it was so much fun resurrecting Should The Team Think? for such a good cause and I'm thrilled we have come up with an excuse to do it again.

'Our listeners clearly love a Norfolk-flavoured laugh and I'm really looking forward to the EDP editor's contributions to our mirth-packed endeavours. The show will be recorded and be on the radio as part of our 2013 festive fare.'

Paddy Seligman, chairman of the EDP We Care Appeal, expressed her delight at another fundraiser on Cromer Pier. 'People told me their faces ached from laughter last time. More of the same must be on the cards.

'Keith has been an amazingly faithful friend to the We Care Appeal over the years. I am truly grateful to him and his talented friends for continued support.'

Tickets are already on sale for Airwaves of Laughter show, which starts at 7.30pm. They are £12.50 from the box office on 01263 512495 or online at

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