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REVIEW
The Nimmo Twins
Norwich Playhouse

Twenty five years is a long time, hintut?
And that is precisely how long Norfolk’s beloved Nimmo Twins have been entertaining us.

Their current show – A Load of Old Squit – is a celebration of that milestone and mixes old favourites with some new work which will be shown in its full glory in August.

Councillors Vern Gurney and Ken Steggles keep us up to date with goings on “up See Hall” and single mum and cultural icon She-Goo fills us in on her latest activities (Destiny Aguilera is 18 – can you believe it?) as well as joining forces with Professor Newton Flotman for a phonetic guide on how to understand the “looguls”.

Karl Minns brings She-Goo to life…

That would have been handy for “incomers” if they hadn’t already been shown the door by Cyril and his heartfelt message to Londoners, who will need to set their sat-navs to comply.

Keen poet Anne makes a return with her haikus and sonnets and there’s a useful recap of a special sex guide for Norfolk men… Grab your copy of the Cromer Sutra and head for Cley to look for tourists, apparently.

As always, the main brunt of the jokes are Norfolk people ourselves, and Karl Minns and Owen Evans spare nobody their rapier wit.

And the good folk of Eaton and Cringleford have their turn in the genius observations in the old classic Newmarket Road Blues…

As always, local news stories and celebrities take a hit – Mike Liggins appears to be loving his ride on the snails – and Ipswich is in line for its usual battering.

A lot of it is undeniably near the knuckle, and often below the waist, but it is clever and very funny – so funny, in fact, that we lose Karl to laughter at one point where, he admits, he came across material he hadn’t actually seen before… And this honesty and warm rapport is precisely why we love him.

He admits to having had a hard two years during the pandemic, which makes this return even sweeter.

Owen tends to be the less flamboyant of the two, but his poignant lament to The Prince of Wales Road and flawless delivery prove two halves make the perfect comedy pair.

There are still tickets available for the current show, which is at Norwich Playhouse until January 23 and Holt? Who Goes There? will run from August 3 until August 21.

Wildlife photos on show

Norfolk wildlife photographer Paul Richards will be showing his his fine-art nature images in a special exhibition this month.

Paul, who lives in West Runton, has been one of the finalists in three recent Bird Photographer of the Year competitions and had several entries shortlisted in this year’s Wild Art Photography competition.
After a career in countryside management Paul is now following his passion for wildlife through photography.

“I spent my youth and much of my working life watching and enjoying nature,” he said. “Now I am lucky enough to spend more of my spare time photographing nature on the doorstep and further afield as I often venture off to wilderness areas in my camper in search of adventure.”

He moved to Norfolk from Pembrokeshire eight years ago after meeting his partner, Lizzie – also a wildlife photographer – on one such adventure photographing barn owls.

“I enjoy all genres of photography but my specialism is in wildlife photography, getting close to my subjects through fieldcraft skills accumulated by years of watching and working with wildlife,” said Paul. “I particularly enjoy capturing simple aesthetic images of wild birds and animals.”
The exhibition will be at the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes Visitor Centre from January 19 until February 1.
It will be open from 10am until 4pm each day and Paul will be on hand to talk about the images and to give advice to any budding wildlife photographers.

He also offers one-to-one workshops to anyone wanting to improve their wildlife photography.
Some of Paul’s work is available to view at www.pronature.co.uk, and you can find his latest work on Facebook under Pronature Photography.

Delivery boys and girls needed!

Since Just Regional was launched in 2008 we have given jobs to many children and adults to deliver our magazines.

Currently we have nearly 100 people delivering across Norwich and Norfolk. For many this is their first job.

We are now recruiting the next wave of news delivery people, some with immediate starts.

Children applying must be over the age of 13.

The areas where we currently need people are:

Holt, Sheringham, Aylsham, Cromer and Wroxham.

We are also looking for people to go on our waiting list for our other towns.

To apply for a delivery round, please call Kathryn on 01263 731520 (option 4) or email her at distribution@justregional.co.uk

A picture from 2009 when our delivery was unaffected by the bad weather. One of the children pictured later got an apprenticeship in the office at Just Regional.

Help keep an eye on the coast

Whenever anyone goes for a swim, heads out on their paddleboard or sails a boat on the waters off Cromer, someone always has their eyes on them.
The Coastwatch organisation has teams of volunteers spread along our coastline, watching all the activities and making sure help is at hand if needed.


And now they need your help, with a plea for more volunteers.
“We are looking for anybody and everybody,” said media officer Niels Thomas. “You don’t need any previous maritime experience and you get the tremendous feeling that you are contributing to the safety of the beaches and onshore waters.”


The watch station, which is perched on the cliff at East Runton, is manned during daylight hours all year round.

The Cromer Coastwatch station.


The three shifts a day are all shared between 40 volunteers.
“As we require six watchkeepers a day in the summer and four in the winter we are always in need of more volunteers,” said Niels, who has been volunteering for just over a year.
Training takes three months and there is an assessment at the end so it is a commitment and is taken seriously.
As the name suggests, watchkeepers keep watch on people, craft and animals – and, in the case of Cromer, windfarms and rigs – reporting any incidents or potential dangers immediately to the coastguard and lifeboat stations.
The National Coastwatch Institution was set up in 1994 to fill the gaps left after the coastguard stations were cut back. From its first station in Cornwall it now has 57 stations around the British coastline, with four in Norfolk.
“We are the eyes and the ears in the empty spots not covered by the coastguard,” said Niels.

If you’re interested in knowing more, email Niels at niels.thomas@nci.org.uk or visit www.nci.org.uk/stations/cromer

Festive pier show is a cracker

REVIEW

by RICHARD BATSON

Variety is the spice of life – and it is also giving us a bonus covid “booster” this Christmas.

For the Cromer Pier’s festive cocktail of comedy, music, magic and dance serves up a real tonic as the coronavirus lingers on.

It is a selection box of tasty treats that opens with a flurry of snowflakes, feathers, glitz and dancers signalling the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

The finale is an all-singing, all-dancing, all-clapping Sister Act routine. Sandwiched in-between is a slick slideshow including rock and roll, Christmas classics, ballet, illusion, fire-eating and laughter.

Magician Taylor Morgan. Picture: WILLIAM JARVIS

There is something for all tastes – whether you like hard-centre stand-up gags and pulsing dance music, or soft-centre seasonal sentiment in the shape of haunting harmonies and gentle but gasp-inducing tricks.

The glue holding it all together is resident compere Olly Day, whose cheeky banter with the audience, dad and cracker jokes, conjuring and crooning put him in the role of favourite uncle at the Christmas party.

His sidekick is pocket rocket 4ft 8in comic Jo Little, another pier returnee, who has an endless pot of quick-fire gags, many of them man-baiting, some self-deprecating. Her slightly edgy comedy is combined with a powerful singing voice shown in an impressive Edith Piaf song,

The main vocalists are a well-matched pairing of pier favourite Rob McVeigh, a versatile all-round performer  who also directs the show, and newcomer Hayley Moss – best known as the busking “street soprano” from Norwich but whose debut at the venue shows another  dimension to her talent.

As well as an angelic classical voice, she joins in the pop and rock numbers showcasing her dancing moves, too. Katherine Jenkins and Kylie Minogue in one package.

A sprinkle of magic comes from Taylor Morgan, who mystifies with cards, rings, balls and a disappearing lady; his performing partner Rebecca Foyle who fire eats in one stunning routine that combines her flaming sticks with cool ballet.

The cast in full festive feathers.
Heavenly voices sing Hallelujah.
Olly Day with Jo Little. All Pictures: WILLIAM JARVIS

But there is also magic in another show newcomer, a giant video wall where projections ranging from snowy mountains to Santa’s factory provide a stunning backdrop. Top marks to backstage crew member Will Jarvis for creating it.

A six-strong ensemble of dancers and singers add extra energy, atmosphere and spectacle, with musical direction from pier legend Nigel Hogg, stunning costumes from Rachel Dingle and some fantastic lighting, including some “performing icicles” from Amanda Hill.

Other highlights for me included spellbinding versions of Leonard Cohen’s Halleluiah, and a song I had never heard before, Light of the World by Lauren Daigle.

It’s a cracker of show that is a super seasonal  gift for all ages. No need to keep the receipt.

Cromer Pier Christmas Show runs until December 30. Tickets and timings at www.cromerpier.co.uk

The Pier summer show will open on July 2.  

Omicron case confirmed in north Norfolk

One of the eight cases of the new Omicron covid-19 variant announced yesterday has been confirmed as being in north Norfolk.

While the exact location of the case has not been revealed, officials said they had been in contact with the person who had tested positive and their household. Louise Smith, Norfolk’s director of public health, said the case was linked to known travel to South Africa.

She told the BBC that finding a case in the county was not a surprise.

“While new information is still coming in on this variant, the early evidence has clearly shown a high level of transmissibility, and as such we can expect positive cases to be identified across the country, including in our county,” she said.

She urged people to get vaccinated “as soon as possible” and to take up booster offers, which she said would help to “break the chain of transmission”.

The UK Health Security Agency says this brings the total number of confirmed cases of the new variant in England and Scotland to 22.

Trophy to remember inspirational chairman

An inspirational chairman of Mundesley Golf Club has been honoured through a new trophy in his memory.
Donald Stuart died in August at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer, during which he continued to lead the club through a successful membership drive and the challenges thrown up by covid-19.

Donald enjoying a drink at the 19th hole.

And a trophy in his name has been presented to its first winner, Lewis Crosby, following a five-week season of Friday night social golf competitions for under-40s.
Donald’s daughter Fiona, who came up with the trophy idea, said: “The trophy was a good way to encourage younger golfers to join, meet and compete. Dad had enjoyed a similar competition when he moved from Scotland to Leicester aged 33 and made a lot of friends.”

Lewis Crosby receives the trophy from Donald’s brother, Micky.

Mr Stuart, who stepped down only two months before his death, led a club membership drive during his nearly five years in the chair, during which it more than doubled its membership.
“I am really proud of the legacy dad created. He put a lot of time in and sacrificed a lot for the good of the club.”
The trophy was presented by Donald’s brother, Micky, who flew in from Dallas for the occasion and for the funeral in Ludham, his home village, where the church was packed with people from the golfing, banking, business and charity worlds. Donations were in aid of Cancer Research UK and Mundesley Golf Club.
Donald, who was born in Edinburgh to a golfing family, began playing at the age of four. His career with Bank of Scotland saw him working in Leicester, London and Norwich, where he was the regional director for the east of England.
Current club chairman Andrew Keates called Donald an inspiration, saying he was “a man who never complained and always endeavoured to find a fair and equitable way forward”.