Mundesley gearing up for festival

Wartime big band sounds and pop from Britain's Eurovision glory days will combine during this year's Mundesley Festival.

Bookings for the week-long summer event are ahead of last year says manager Derek Kirk.

One of the best sellers is the return of comedy music man Richard Digance where only 30 of the 182 seats in the Coronation Hall venue remain unsold.

Festival favourites the Jonathan Wyatt Big Band have the added attraction of The Moonglow Sisters, providing close harmony Andrews Sisters style backing to the lead vocals of popular entertainer Olly Day.

Another highlight is the first appearance at the event of the Brotherhood of Man, with the same line-up that won Eurovision with Save Your Kisses for Me in 1976, which went on to top the hit parade in 33 different countries.

They had two more number ones, Angelo and Figaro in 1977 and 1978, five hit albums, 26 platinum, gold and silver discs – and are still touring today with the original foursome of Nicky Stevens, Sandra Stevens, Martin Lee, and Lee Sheriden,

Another top group from the previous decade are also on the festival programme, as the Bachelors with John Stokes, recreate classic hits such as Charmaine, Diane, and I Believe.

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The line up from August 1-5 is:

Monday – Jonathan Wyatt Big Band

Tuesday – Richard Digance music and comedy

Wednesday – Digby Fairweather jazz

Thursday – Brotherhood of Man

Friday – John Stokes' Bachelors

All the concerts are at the Coronation Hall at 7.45pm. For tickets, �12.50, and information phone 01263 721189, 07867 632998, visit or call at the box office on the main village car park when it opens in mid June.

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