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Fancy your five minutes on the silver screen?
Well you could have your chance as a new film being shot in Sheringham is looking for extras.

Norfolk-born film director Ella Glendining will be filming her BFI-funded short film in the town next Wednesday and Thursday (September 8 and 9) and is on the look out for extras for a couple of scenes.

Would-be actors of all ages are sought to for funeral scene and those in their 20s and 30s are needed to appear at a beach party.

Ella was named among Screen International’s Screen Stars of Tomorrow in 2020 and her new project tells the story of a disabled woman returning to her sleepy seaside hometown for a friend’s funeral.

Ella said: “I grew up in Elsing, near Dereham, but spent a lot of time in Sheringham in my late teens and early 20s as one of my best friends lives there. I am interested in telling regional stories about growing up in small towns and villages as ‘other’. I am disabled and all my work is somewhat linked to the disabled experience.

Ella Glendining is shooting a film in Sheringham.

“I adore Norfolk and Sheringham and, although I live in Brighton now, I am always looking for excuses to return.
“I am very inspired by the beauty of the Norfolk coast. The film is about a new mother feeling torn between her old life and her new, trying to discover her identity as a parent, and it’s also about love.”
Extras will not be paid but Ella hopes they will enjoy the experience of being on a film set.
If you’d like to be involved you can email ellaelsing@gmail.com

Man questioned over charity shop theft

Police investigating two burglaries at a Sprowston charity shop can confirm a man has been identified following a CCTV appeal.

A quantity of clothes were stolen from a shed outside Dawn’s New Horizon on Cannerby Lane on Thursday, July 29, and again on Tuesday, August 3.

Officers investigating the burglaries released a CCTV image of a man they wanted to speak to and he has now been identified and arrested on suspicion of two counts of burglary and two counts of theft.

He was questioned at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre and has been released under investigation while inquiries continue.


Cromer’s Banksy will be protected

Cromer found itself making international news this month as elusive street artist Banksy took a “spraycation” around the east coast.

One of the works which sprang up overnight was on the East Prom, where a mural depicted hermit crabs looking for “luxury rentals” in the popular holiday resort.

Other works appeared at other resorts around the east coast, including Gorleston, Gt Yarmouth and Lowestoft, and after Banksy posted a video online of his road trip, they have all been verified as genuine.

The ones at Lowestoft and Gorleston have already been vandalised, so North Norfolk District Council has is making sure our Banksy is kept safe.
Steve Blatch, chief executive, said: “Since the artwork on Cromer East Beach has been confirmed as a Banksy, large numbers of people have travelled to the town to view it.

Still photos taken from Banksy’s Instagram video showing his “Spraycation”.


“The Cromer piece is in a vulnerable location due to the tides and would be vulnerable to being discoloured or lost over time through natural processes. North Norfolk District Council is therefore arranging for a protective varnish to cover the artwork which will be installed later this week.
“In the meantime to protect the artwork a temporary plywood cover has been installed meaning the artwork will not be available to view until later this week.”

Teenager arrested after reports of indecent exposure

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure following incidents in Taverham.

It follows reports that several women have been approached since Friday by a youth who made inappropriate comments towards them and indecently exposed himself to one.

The latest incident happened on Fir Covert Road and following concerns raised to police. A suspect was arrested shortly before 7.30pm last night.

The boy has been taken to Aylsham Police Investigation Centre where he remains in custody and will be questioned.

Officers have stepped up patrols in the local area and anyone with information should contact officers from the Taverham and Drayton Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 or email SNTDarytonAndTaverham@norfolk.police.ukquoting crime reference 36/58784/21.

Police officer admits making indecent images of children

A 26-year-old police officer from Stalham has pleaded guilty to seven offences relating to indecent images of children.

George Ince appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, August 3, where he admitted three counts of making an indecent photograph of a child, three counts of distributing an indecent photograph of a child and possession of an extreme pornographic image relating to incidents in May 2019, April 2020 and July 2020.

He pleaded not guilty to a further count of attempting to cause/incite the sexual exploitation of a child.

Ince was bailed to appear before Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday, August 31.

Ince is a police constable based in Great Yarmouth and has been suspended since July 2020. Misconduct proceedings will now begin following yesterday’s hearing.  

Sean’s going home after covid ordeal

Sean Hunte has spent almost the whole of 2021 in hospital after suffering serious covid-19 complications. And now, after 203 days in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, he has left hospital to continue his recovery at home.

Sean, from Eaton received a guard of honour from the team on Docking ward and critical care staff after starting his treatment on 3 January.

Sean, who works as a cover supervisor in schools, was on critical care for 120 days and has been on Docking ward for the last five weeks.

He praised the care and support he received during his seven month admission.

“The care I received has been fantastic and the staff have gone beyond what I expected,” he said.

“The nurses and physiotherapists have been really friendly and when I was feeling down they really supported my mental health and the staff being nice to me has got me through the dark times. I had six nurses around my bed singing happy birthday to me last Thursday when I turned 58. Some of the staff I do not know because I was out of it, but Skye and Ross have been brilliant and are really good people.”

Sean has had adaptations made to his house to help with his mobility, said he was looking forward to continuing his rehabilitation at home.

“I have had dark times being in hospital for seven months and I want to get home to see my wife and two boys. I am looking forward to my wife’s cooking and having some good Caribbean cooking. I could not keep much food down, but I’m now ready for some good Jamaican and Antiguan food.”

And he said his experience meant he was urging people to get vaccinated.

“Covid is deadly serious and it is definitely the best thing to do is to get the vaccine,” he said. “The general feeling of being wiped out was horrendous, I was experiencing horrible hallucinations and it was very difficult not being able to talk when I had my tracheotomy. I used to play tennis three days a week and went to the gym, but I still cannot walk without an aid.”

Sam Higginson, NNUH Chief Executive, said: “It is fantastic to see that Sean is well enough to go home, which is testament to the great care he received from our teams and we wish him all the best with his ongoing recovery.”

A video of the guard of honour can be viewed here https://youtu.be/-eU6YM2TAuU

Cromer’s peerless pier show is back and flying high!

Oh, Cromer Pier show – it’s good to have you back, writes Richard Batson

After a lost summer laid waste by lockdowns, this cocktail of seaside stage tradition has returned in all its glory – with a few new twists to add to the flavour.

Animated backdrop projections add another dimension to an already multi-faceted masterpiece. And instead of two alternating shows, this year there are different guest performers every week to keep the show fresh through the whole season, which finishes on October 2.

Opening night kicked off with Tucker – a firm favourite of show fans returning with his brand of warm cheeky humour. He is a perfect foil for headliner host Phil Butler, another returnee whose talents as a comedian, magician, singer and dancer make him the perfect man to lead this traditional but modern variety show.

Show host Phil Butler. Picture: William Jarvis.

Vocalists Rob McVeigh and Marina Lawrence-Mahrra take the lead on pop and show songs including rousing numbers from the Greatest Showman and a pulsing Cuban sequence.

But the cast is most powerful when the team comes together during the big musical numbers such as Mary Poppins, Masquerade, and Les Miserables, which fill the stage with song, a talented team of dancers, stunning sets and colourful costumes adorned with feathers and sequins.

A very colourful Mary Poppins. Picture: William Jarvis.

Special mention must go to this year’s specialist act Duo Fusion UK – Connor Byrne and Tiffany Gaine – whose circus style aerial and acrobatic routines are mesmerising. The pair flew in unison over the front rows of the audience, and some of their contortions on stage drew audible gasps from the crowd.

There are no local children joining the cast this year, to lessen the covid-19 risk, and the “bubbled” stars are not doing their usual after-show mingling for the same reason, which is a shame because many feel like family friends we have known for years and enjoy catching up with. But they hope that will change as things progress.

Make sure you don’t arrive late – because the opening sequence on the projection screen taking us from a closed theatre to the current show’s revival is poignant and powerful – and a reminder of how glad we should be to have live variety back at the end of the pier.

For tickets and show details, including the line-up of guests, visit www.cromerpier.co.uk

Dreams become real in city show

There will be live performances outside The Forum next week when The Garage puts on a day of live music, dance and entertainment on Millennium Plain in Norwich.

The event – on Friday, July 23 – is called Turn Your Dreams into Reality and will have shows from 12.45pm to 2.15pm and then from 4pm to 5.30pm. The day includes performances by current and former members of its music programmes and dance from its performance companies.

Cinderella will also pop by to tell everybody about this year’s co-production with All-in Productions – My First Panto: Cinderella Rocks.

The Garage will also be running free class taster sessions for all ages at its Chapel Field North studios from 11am-7pm. Booking is advisable and more information is available at thegarage.org.uk/tydir