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Spanish band to return to Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival with Sir Cliff Richard guitar

PUBLISHED: 15:10 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:10 09 June 2017

El Pony Pisador at last year's festival.
Picture: TMS Media

El Pony Pisador at last year's festival. Picture: TMS Media

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It is an annual event that celebrates Great Yarmouth’s impressive naval heritage.

Aileen Mobbs at the Imperial Hotel, with the guitar once owned by Cliff Richard. Picture by TMS Media Aileen Mobbs at the Imperial Hotel, with the guitar once owned by Cliff Richard. Picture by TMS Media

On September 9 and 10 the annual Maritime Festival is returning to the town and it will feature familiar sounds as a Spanish musical group makes a return trip.

El Pony Pisador will be the headline musical act and they will be taking to the stage for the second year in a row borrowing a guitar that had been owned by Sir Cliff Richard.

The band, whose name means The Prancing Pony, were said to have gone down a storm on their debut last year but a transport hitch meant they arrived without instruments, which they had to hire and borrow.

Festival chairman Aileen Mobbs said: “They borrowed my guitar which we bought from a charity auction hosted by comedian and folk singer Richard Digance who said it was once owned by Sir Cliff.

Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival. The Grand Turk.
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Archant © 2005 (01603) 772434 Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival. The Grand Turk. Photo: Bill Darnell Copy: Jonathan Redhead For: EDP Archant © 2005 (01603) 772434

“It normally sits in our attic, so it was wonderful to hear it played, although they did break a few strings. And they are planning to use it again this year.”

The festival is staged by the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area, as part of its drive to attract visitors and spending to the borough.

El Pony Pisador are a five-strong group from Barcelona and they play a mix of international music styles from traditional Irish tunes to Tuvan throat singing and yodelling.

Other shanty groups at this year’s festival include a mixture of returning favourites and newcomers such as the Sheringham Shantymen, Kimber’s Men, the Blakeney Old Wild Rovers, the Norfolk Broads, the Longest Johns, Capstan Full Strength, and the Mollyhawks.

Mrs Mobbs added: “These groups play for the love of the music, and stay on to perform in the pubs in the evening.

“We are really pleased to welcome El Pony Pisador back because the crowd really took them to their hearts.”

The Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival, which was first staged in 2000, features visiting ships moored at the quayside for visitors to go aboard, as well as stalls, exhibits, street entertainment, and militia re-enactors.

There will also be quayside barbecues cooking herring, the fish which made the port a hive of activity before the days of tourism.

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