Photo Gallery: Peter Andre wows Norwich crowd

Thousands of people had a weekend to remember at the Royal Norfolk Showground after back-up dancers, cheesy pop moves and a little bit of glitter too them all the way back to the nineties.

Celebrity pop star Peter Andre performed a selection of his hits, after overcoming months of illness, at the Showground's exhibition centre to a crowd of screaming fans.

Treating the audience to firm favourites including Flava and his more recent hit Behind Closed Doors, his 1992 top two UK hit single Mysterious Girl, which launched him to fame, was the perfect encore to the night.

Work friends Sophie Fox, 16, of North Walsham, and Trish Smyth, 40, of Bacton, said they were glad they had made the last minute decision to get tickets.

Miss Fox said: 'It was a fantastic gig. The best performance was Mysterious Girl at the end.'

Mrs Smyth added: 'Just being right up close after seeing him for so many years on the TV was fantastic.'

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There was also a treat in store for fans with Peter Andre's brother Chris Andre, joining him on guitar and vocals for a special performance of much-loved Christmas song, John Lennon's Happy Christmas (War is Over).

'It's great his brother joined him on stage, especially as they are such a close family,' Mrs Symth said. 'He was very good.'

Another big Peter Andre fan, Matty George, 17, of Old Catton in Norwich, said: 'His brother was ace. It got everyone in the crowd singing along and put us all in the Christmas spirit.

'Although it was great he performed his own songs, it was nice he covered some of his favourites from the nineties. I was surprised he didn't chuck in a Michael Jackson song though.'

Peter Andre's reality television antics have continued to keep him in the public eye and Saturday night was no exception as film crews joined him on stage to record a new series of ITV2's Peter Andre: My Life, which the audience enjoyed getting involved in, with large banners and masses of arm-waving gestures.

Describing it as a 'quirky' place for the English born Australian musician to make his comeback, Anna Williams, 29, of Aylsham, said: 'It was a bit weird seeing such a big star perform in such a quirky place, but I think it really worked. Although we were all a bit cold it was worth it.

'The band was upbeat and the back-up dancers helped to get the crowd pumped up. Let's hope he comes back again soon and was impressed with what Norwich and the people of Norfolk had to offer.'

- For slideshow from the gig click the top right hand corner of the web page

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