Music and laughs are where it starts - charity night planned for Cromer Pier
PUBLISHED: 09:31 24 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:27 25 February 2018
An upcoming charity night at Cromer Pier will feature musicians from as close as Sheringham and as far as Russia - as well as a familiar face sure to make you laugh.
Included on the bill for the 6th event of its kind organised by Graham Jones are Sheringham’s Cutting the Mustard, Russian musician Boris Konoshenko, Sarah Smith and Pat Nearney.
Mr Jones said he wanted to thank the musicians, who were giving their time for free, and the pier’s Pavilion Theatre for offering the venue at a reduced rate.
Mr Jones said: “They are a great bunch of people working at the pier who are so helpful – I particularly appreciate the skills of the technical people.”
Mr Konoshenko, who currently lives in Swafield, will accompany mezzo soprano Maggy Day, a singer who has been influenced by Bette Midler, Eva Cassidy and Billie Holiday.
He also plans to sing a Russian folk song in English.
Pat Nearney, who began his comedic career appearing in pantomimes, plays and musicals for Mundesley Players, will also perform a stand-up routine.
He has written and produced more than 20 pantos with Bob Saunders, and toured for many years with Keith Skipper’s Press Gang across Norfolk and Suffolk.
Other acts on the night, compered by Pete Goodrum, will include Octogenarian Priscilla from Cromer, Music Cafe Folk, Roger Dowe, Hayley and Gordon, Barry and Monica accompanied by Five Shades of Grey and Bethan Phillip-Pritchard.
Proceeds will go to the charities the Benjamin Foundation, Break and Playing for Cake. Mr Jones said the annual event had raised more than £12,000 for charity since it began.
There will also be a grand draw organised by Break and Benjamin Foundation and prizes will include two free tickets to the famous Cromer Pier Summer Show. The charity concert takes place on Saturday, March 10 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 from 01263 512495 or online at www.cromerpier.co.uk
-The North Norfolk News has teamed up with Mr Jones to offer a pair of tickets to the event.
For your chance to win, find the name of the comedian who will perform, write it on the back of an envelope or postcard and send it into: Charity Night Competition, North Norfolk News, Bank House, 31 Church Street, Cromer, NR27 9ES.