Do you have what it takes to be a
internationally-acclaimed men’s singing group are looking for bass and harmony
singers to join their crew and would love to hear from you.
Initially formed in 1988
as The Augusta Singers, The Sheringham Shantymen officially came into being in
1990 and continue to raise huge sums of money for the RNLI and other local
charities through their popular performances of historic sea shanties and well-known
Made up of around 25 members from all walks of life and occupations, they perform between 20 and 30 gigs each year.
The venues range from
church halls, carnivals and lifeboat days all the way to sell-out shows on
Cromer Pier and the annual Falmouth International sea shanty festival.
With practice sessions at
7.30pm every Thursday evening at Oddfellows Hall, Sheringham – followed by an
(optional!) few drinks in the pub afterwards – the Shantymen are a social group
as much as a singing group.
If you are able to commit
the time to practise and attend most of the gigs, enjoy social events and have
a decent bass singing voice (or the ability to sing four-part harmony), The
Sheringham Shantymen would love to hear from you.
It’s not a requirement to
live in Sheringham, or even live by the sea – in fact, some of the members live
as far inland as Beccles!
t Interested applicants
should contact Brian Farrow, the Shantymen’s musical director, for a chat on
07748 641707. If you are still interested, at some stage you will be invited to
undertake an informal audition. If you’d like to sit in on a practice first,
feel free to turn up at Oddfellows Hall on a Thursday evening. The singing
starts around 8pm and all are welcome to go along and listen.
The team of volunteers at Cromer Coastwatch had a very
special visitor to the clifftop station when The Princess Royal paid them a
who is patron of the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI), visited the
station, which looks over a particularly busy and potentially dangerous stretch
of the coast.
She was received yesterday by Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk The Lady Dannatt, who presented Linda Lawrence, NCI Regional Trustee for the East Coast and East Anglia and a former Cromer station manager, and current manager Richard Leeds.
During her visit, the princess was shown
around the watch room and told about the work of the highly trained volunteer
watchkeepers and the part they play in helping to save lives along the coast.
Duty watchkeepers Andrew Pearcey and Neil
Smith were also presented.
The volunteer watchkeepers based at Cromer keep a visual and radio vigil, looking out for anyone in potential danger. They report any safety-related incidents to HM Coastguard so that expert help can be sent.
After visiting the station, the princess
attended a reception at the Cliftonville Hotel in Cromer, which was attended by
around 30 NCI watchkeepers and station managers from around East Anglia, NCI
trustees and guests from the local community.
Guests included representatives from
Cromer Lifeboat, the RNLI, HM Coastguard, local councillors, Sheringham Shoal
Windfarm and Simon Clipsom, who, as Morrisons Cromer Community Champion, has
helped with fundraising over the past five years.
Stephen Hand, NCI chairman, invited the
princess to present long-service awards to Glenice Knight, John Wootten and
Andrew Pearcey, who have each volunteered for five years. She also unveiled a
plaque to commemorate the visit which will be placed in the Cromer station.
Stephen said: “What a wonderful start to the year in which we will celebrate our 30th anniversary. It’s a huge source of pride that HRH The Princess Royal is our patron and that she takes such an active interest in our work. Her visits are always a great boost for our volunteers and all our friends and supporters in the local communities.”
NCI Cromer is on the former site of NCI Runton, which was destroyed by
storm damage. Thanks to donations, the current station has been in place since
Its role is keeping watch on a very busy seaway holding many dangers for
shipping – including sandbanks, windfarms and gas platforms – as well as a
popular destination for holidaymakers and watersports enthusiasts.
National Coastwatch is a wholly volunteer organisation, with more than 2,700 trained watchkeepers working from 60 stations around England and Wales. NCI Cromer, along with the majority of stations, has HM Coastguard Declared Facility Status, which it is formally recognised as part of the UK’s maritime search and rescue organisation.
‘Tis the season to see Olly, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.
Norfolk’s multi-talented Olly Day has hosted this annual festive frolic for 14 years. His cocktail of “dad joke” comedy, warm repartee with the audience, magic tricks, tomfoolery and tuneful singing are a distillation of what the show is all about – live family-friendly variety with a seasonal flavour.
This year’s show has all the elements of traditional Christmas entertainment such as music, dance, magic and comedy sketches, but with modern trimmings including a stunning Irish dance routine, jaw-dropping woman in a box illusion, and even a new Singing Postman song.
Olly reminded the audience that, while
Cromer is the only place in the world to be hosting a full-season end-of-the-pier
show, it was keen to “not to be a museum piece” and aimed to keep “whizzy and
up to date.”
Stand-out moments are some colourful all-cast song and dance numbers enhanced by eye-catching costumes, along with clever scenery, atmospheric lighting and some enchanting video back projections including a mesmerising nativity sand art backdrop to a haunting vocal number.
The lead vocalists see pier regular, and
show director Rob McVeigh, joined by newcomer Avalon Lilly, from Dereham, making
an impressive debut at the “shed on stilts” as Olly calls it.
Illusionist duo Amethyst, also returnees,
astounded with their “how on earth did they do that?” sliding box routine.
Saxophonist Chloe-Edwards-Wood, who also appeared
last year, gave a jazzy twist to Walking
The Air, and the six-strong dance ensemble switched effortlessly from graceful elegant
ballet, to energetic feet-clattering Celtic tap.
But in true Cromer Pier tradition many of
the cast members show other talents and muck in with routines – such as the If
I Was Not Upon the Stage musical sketch. And watch out for Olly and illusionist
Danny dipping their terpsichorean toes into Swan Lake.
The show starts with a Dickensian Street scene and ends with a clap-along finale complete with snow flurry. And even an appearance of The Grinch cannot take the shine off a sparkling evening of live entertainment to brighten up anyone’s Christmas.
The two-hour runs until December 30, six days a week, with matinee and evening performances. Prices from £25 (adult) and £17 (child) from www.cromerpier.co.uk or the box office on 01263 512495.
Following discussions with the Cromer Church and the Royal British Legion, Cromer Town Council have agreed that from this year, the Remembrance Sunday events will be brought forward by one hour.
of the parade assembling at 2.30pm, the parade will assemble behind the Tourist
Information centre in the Meadow Car Park at 1.30pm. Under the direction of
Parade Marshall -Matthew Webster – the parade will march off at 1.40,
processing through town to the church for a 2pm Service of Remembrance.
by the Royal British Legion and numerous groups and organisations from around
Cromer and surrounding towns, the Service will remember the residents of Cromer
who died in conflicts from 1914 onwards.
the service at approximately 2.50pm, wreaths will be laid at the War Memorial
where, accompanied by the Cromer & Sheringham Brass Band, those gathered
will sing “Abide with Me”.
of the public are encouraged to watch this annual parade and join the service
in the church at 2pm.
Pritchard, town councillor and secretary of the Cromer Royal British Legion
said: “This decision has been made by the Town Council to ensure that the
hundreds attending this important service are able to make their way home
afterwards in daylight and that volunteers are able to safely attach the
wreaths to the Poppy Panel at the rear of the War Memorial.”
10.50am on November 11, an Armistice Day service will be held at the War
Memorial in the grounds of Cromer Church where the Last Post will be sounded at
11am, followed by the traditional two minutes silence.
of the public are encouraged to come along and join in the service which as
taken place in every village, town and city for over one hundred years.
The family of a north Norfolk man who died in
suspicious circumstances while working in Africa insist they won’t stop fighting
for justice, despite repeated knock-backs from the authorities.
MP Duncan Baker recently wrote to the Foreign
Office about the unresolved case of Dr Ding Col Dau Ding, who lived in Cromer.
The British national was killed at the age of 39
while practising medicine in South Sudan in October 2015. The authorities there
initially said he had taken his own life, but his family quickly poked holes in
that theory, and urged the UK government to investigate.
But since then, they say they have received
little help, despite multiple attempts to get the government to intervene.
Mr Baker’s predecessor, Norman Lamb, first raised
the matter with then-foreign secretary Boris Johnson, but that went nowhere,
his family said.
Mr Baker asked a question about the matter in
the House of Commons in 2021, before sending a further request for information
to the government last month.
Dr Ding’s brother, Dr Dau Ding – who is also
from Norfolk and works in the UK – has vowed that he “will not fail to get
justice”, but added: “I feel very angry. I am very bitter about it all.
“The UK government have not taken this issue
seriously at all. That is the main thing that has made me angry.
“They are not being straight with me. They have
been evasive and opaque.
“At worst, that has been intentional because of
some ill-conceived diplomacy within the Foreign Office; at best, it has been
because of incompetence.”
The latest attempt by Mr Baker to raise the
issue with the government has led to a reply from Andrew Mitchell, minster for
He said: “I recognise that this continues to be
a distressing time for Dr Ding and I appreciate his frustration that we have
not yet received a response from the South Sudanese minister of foreign affairs
regarding his brother’s case.”
Dr Ding’s brother is convinced the murder has
been covered up because of political connections his family has in the country.
“I now know who killed my brother and why they
did it,” he said.
“But more importantly, I now know why there has
been an extensive attempt to sweep my brother’s murder under the carpet by the
South Sudanese government. It is political.”
Despite the official ruling that the death was a
suicide, he says there is plenty of evidence pointing instead to murder.
He said there was no gun in his brother’s hand,
he had been shot from behind, and there was no blood splatter at the scene.
Threats had been made against him previously,
and CCTV recordings of the property appeared to have been removed.
Before Mr Baker’s most recent intervention, the
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said the responsibility for
investigating deaths abroad belonged to the local authorities.
In a statement, a spokesman said: “We provided
assistance to the family of a British man who died in South Sudan and were in
contact with the local authorities.”
When asked what British nationals should do if
they encountered resistance or a lack of co-operation from authorities
overseas, the FCDO said it had no further comment.
Dr Ding Col Dau Ding attended Aylsham High
School and Paston Sixth Form College before going to university at Bristol and
Oxford, where he got a PhD in neuroscience, before returning to Bristol to
train as a medical doctor.
Mr Baker’s office said that he would not comment
publicly on the grounds that it was a constituency “casework inquiry”.
The South Sudanese embassy in London has been
contacted for comment.
was lucky enough to film a pod of eight to 10 bottlenose dolphins swimming very
close to the shore at West Runton,” he
said. “I was flying the drone doing some filming when I noticed splashing all around
the Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority rib. On flying
closer I realised it was bottlenose dolphins.”
of the crew on the rib told him that the dolphins had first approached them off
Blakeney and then followed them to Cley for around an hour.
“The dolphins later rejoined the boat when they were off West Runton and continued to swim around the boat and follow them for another 30-40 minutes,” said Chris.
Before Margot Robbie stepped out of a pair of pink high-heeled slippers or sat in Barbie’s iconic pink sports car, Lucy Scarfe had done it first.
As a stand-in for
the actress in this summer’s blockbuster, Barbie, Lucy helped the film crew to
get the perfect looks for the main character and to rehearse scenes so the
leading lady would know where to stand, walk, dance – and fall over.
“I tried on lots of
bikinis, lots of dresses, a lot of iconic Barbie outfits from over the years to
see what they would look like on camera,” said Lucy, a former pupil at
Sheringham High School. “I must have tried more than 100 potential Barbie
outfits and a lot of wigs!”
She was also used to
develop the perfect tan for all the Barbies — and the Kens.
“They ended up
mixing lots together to get one with a plasticky look with some pink in – the
dancers had to come in early to have it put on every day.”
Work started back in
January 2022 and it was a far cry from the job she had as a teenager – a
Saturday girl at Budgens supermarket in Holt.
“A lot of people
will remember me from there,” said Lucy, who also went to Holt Primary School.
“I’m a Holt girl and my mum still lives in Hempstead.
“It was during my
time here that I developed a love for the performing arts. I started taking
dance classes after school at Marlene’s School of Dance in Cromer and also
evening acting classes at the Sheringham Little Theatre.
“I then moved to
London to find more opportunities in TV and film.”
Since then Lucy, who
is now 36, has worked as a stand-in for actors Anne Hathaway (in Les Miserables
and The Hustle), Emma Stone (in Cruella), Daisy Ridley (In Murder On The Orient
Express), Elle Fanning (in Maleficent), Kate Hudson (in Glass Onion) and Millie
Bobby Brown (in Enola Holmes).
And while she is
never seen on screen, she said she loved doing her job. “There is only a small
number of people who do what I do, and once you establish yourself you know you
can get regular work.
“You get to work
with some crazy famous people and you get used to that very quickly. In a
couple of days they are just part of the team.”
A lot of her work is
through word of mouth and it was her work in Enola Holmes that led to the offer
of the Barbie role.
“I’m always in the background,” she said. “A lot of my family say ‘What are we going to see you in?’ I always tell them they won’t, unless they recognise me when I am doubling.”
In this role she did
not act as Margot’s body double which, she says, was just as well, having
rehearsed the already famous scene where Barbie steps out of her shoes and her
feet stay in shape.
“Margot was perfect for Barbie,” she said. “And she has the nicest feet. Much nicer than mine!”
Apart from a week
filming outside in LA, the movie was shot in the Warner Brothers studios in
Watford, with proper Dream Houses.
“I thought it would
all be green screen but they built all the main set and the attention to detail
was amazing. We had some children come round to see it and it was so funny to
see their faces. It was the sweetest thing.”
started, Lucy stood in to test the lighting and camera angles so Margot knew
where she needed to be to complete the take.
“Margot was always
so friendly and fun to be around, and so was Ryan Gosling who played Ken,” she
And while Lucy loves
all her work, she said the Barbie role was something very special.
“As a child I played
with a pink Barbie car so when I was asked to drive Barbie’s 1956 Corvette for
rehearsals it was a dream come true! There was never a dull day on set – it
often didn’t feel like work!”
Her next job is
working on Paddington 3 – but she said she won’t be modelling duffel coats as
she is a stand-in for Olivia Colman.
And while she did go
to the premiere of Barbie, Lucy has an even more special showing to go to –
with her mum.
“She hasn’t seen it
yet and I am really looking forward to it.”
Wroxham-based soprano will be taking centre stage at a special concert in
Norwich at the weekend.
Katalin Prentice will be the soloist with the Pakefield singers when
they present Glory and Grandeur, a concert for organs and choir, and featuring
anthems including Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer and Buxtehude’s Toccata in F as
well as works by Mozart and Mascagni.
“I feel honoured to be invited to sing the soprano solos with the Pakefield Singers under the direction of conductor Vetta Wise and to be a part of this truly magnificent musical project,” said Katalin, who is Hungarian and has lived in the UK for 11 years and in Wroxham since 2015.
A dentist by profession, she stopped working when pregnant with
her first daughter – she now has two – and said classical music and singing has
always been her passion.
“Shortly after I moved to the United Kingdom I started vocal
training with Nan Christie in London, and soon after relocating to Norfolk I
met my lovely singing teacher, Vetta Wise, who has been guiding me on my
musical journey ever since,” she said. “With her help and support in 2017 I
completed the one-year opera course at the Associated Studios Performing Arts
Academy in London, gaining a diploma in opera singing. In 2019 I finished my
Trinity College ATCL Performers diploma with distinction.”
Complications with both her pregnancies took their toll and she
said it has taken her a while to retrain her voice, but she has now been chosen
for this important role at St Peter Mancroft on Saturday night.
She also recently took part in two international competitions, winning an honourable mention at Odin International Music Competition and the Grand Prix at the Alpin Triglav 2021 International Music, Dance and Fine Art Competition.
“As a result of winning the competition in July 2022 I performed
at the prize winners’ gala concert in one of Europe’s most prestigious concert
halls, the Crystal Hall in Rogaška Slatina (Slovenia) representing the United
Kingdom,” said Katalin.