Tributes paid to Norfolk entertainer Steve Ace

A Great Yarmouth entertainer who opened a theatre-themed cafe in the heart of Norwich has died after a long illness.

Steve Ace launched the first West End-style deli diner with a special musical themed menu in 2008.

The Bizness, on Prince of Wales Road, was adorned with theatre posters and played memorable tracks from London shows. It was aimed at capturing audiences from the Theatre Royal, and offered 10pc discounts for people who had been to shows.

However, Mr Ace was best known for his work at Gorleston Pavillion Theatre where he performed as the pantomime dame and the master of ceremonies for Summer Season.

His work at Pleasurewood Hills also saw him create and perform in numerous shows alongside Mr Blobby and Noel Edmonds.

He died on Saturday at the age of 50.

His wife Jude Gleason, 47, a local council worker, said: 'He was an amazing man. I never heard him say a bad word about anyone. He laughed a lot and was very soft hearted. He was one of the nicest people in the world.'

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