Did you know these stars had a special link to Cromer Pier?
PUBLISHED: 10:17 24 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:17 24 October 2017
Archant Norfolk 2017
As former Seaside Special comedian Bradley Walsh is named as Doctor Who's assistant, we look at other stars who were born or developed on the Cromer Pier stage.
• Robert Marlowe:
Remembered as the man who made the Seaside Special a success. The former dancer directed the show for more than 20 years.
• Steve Hewlett:
The ventriloquist reached the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2013. He’ll be returning to the pier in April 2018.
• Richard Gauntlett:
Headlined the Seaside Special in 2000 and 2001, then became a dame and writer for the Norwich Theatre Royal panto.
• Danny Posthill:
Danny was one of the show’s two comics in 2013. The impressionist then went on to be a Britain’s Got Talent finalist in 2015.
• Dick Condon:
Internationally renowned theatre legend Richard Condon directed the Seaside Special shows in 1978 to help the pier get back on its feet.
• Lyn Paul:
Lyn joined the cast of the 2014 Christmas Show as a guest vocalist. Lyn is an actress and singer, who came to fame as part of group the New Seekers.
• Joey Howard:
Joey made his first appearance at the Cromer Pier in 2017, but has always been known as the drummer for group Badfinger.
• Bradley Walsh:
Bradley performed in the summer season in the 1980s. Presented TV’s The Chase and starred in EastEnders.
• Polly and Sophie Duniam:
Began dancing in pier shows as children. Went on to become backing dancers for Rita Ora, and starred in TV’s Home Farm Twins.
• Darren Day:
Singer Darren Day was another young hopeful to cut his teeth starring in the Seaside Special. He went on to conquer the West End.