Songs, sketches and spectacular hats on offer in Sheringham charity variety show
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With dozens of professional and amateur performances under his belt, octogenarian entertainer Terry Chappelle says he has showbusiness in his blood.
But in his final production, which runs at St Andrew's Church Hall on September 23, he hopes to highlight another cause close to his heart, and raise cash for sufferers of the most common cancer affecting men in the UK.
Mr Chappelle, 84, first appeared on stage at the age of 18 and went on to develop a repertoire of characters based on 1930s and 40s variety stars ranging from forces sweetheart Gracie Fields to the 'queen of striptease' Phylis Dixey.
After being diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer in 2010, Mr Chappelle, who lives at Sheringham, underwent radiotherapy treatment before being given the all-clear a couple of years later.
Keen to raise awareness and support others with the disease, he hosted his first variety show featuring local performers in 2013 and went on to raise thousands for Norfolk and Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group and other local good causes.
Prostate cancer, which affects more than 40,000 men every year, often grows very slowly and causes no problems, but in its more aggressive form, it can spread to other parts of the body.
'What I really want to get across is that prostate cancer does not always have symptoms but, by getting checked and catching it early, it is very treatable,' Mr Chappelle said.
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The former display manager for Norwich department stores Bonds and Debenhams this year decided it was time to hang up his flowery hat and high heels.
'We're none of us getting any younger, but I wanted to do one last show,' he said.
Next week's show will star Mr Chappelle in a series of songs and sketches as well as performances by local actors and singers.
Audience members are invited to dress up in variety hall-style costume, with a prize for the best hat.
Terry Chappelle and Friends will be at St Andrew's Church Hall, Cromer Road, Sheringham on Saturday, September 23 at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £8, are available on the door or from the Big C charity shop, Station Road, Sheringham.
For more information about Norfolk and Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group, visit www.prostatesupport.org.uk