New music track based on North Norfolk Railway sounds

Northrepps musician Bob Wright has brought out a new album. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Northrepps musician Bob Wright has brought out a new album. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The chuffs and toots of north Norfolk's steam railway provide the backing to a new track by a local singer-songwriter.

Bob Wright, from Cromer, recorded the sound effects during a visit to the North Norfolk Railway.

And he has included them in a song about a trip on the popular Poppy Line tourist attraction taking in Sheringham, Weybourne and Holt.

'I went for a ride on the railway with my four-year-old grandson Tom, recorded the sounds on my little camcorder and wrote the lyrics in my music room back home,' said Mr Wright, 74, from Cromwell Road.

The song has been added to his Norfolk Heroes CD on his website which features songs penned over the past 20 years.

Music has always been part of pensioner Mr Wright's life - since performing in the school choir and a mouth organ band.

In 1968 he was forced to switch from piano to guitar when he lost four fingers off his right hand while demolishing a fertiliser factory, and falling more than 30ft from a collapsing gantry.

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The retired East Runton newsagent is no stranger to grief having lost his first wife to cancer, and his brother and daughter in car crashes.

It was daughter Kelly's death at Felbrigg in 1995 that spurred the musician to start penning his own songs - which are a mix of easy-listening country, rock, and folk with a dash of humour.

Norfolk Heroes is his fourth album. All his albums are recorded at his home with Mr Wright singing all the parts as well as playing all the instruments from guitar and banjo to a drum box.

Visit www.thesongfactory.co.uk

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