50 years ago: A star-studded summer in Great Yarmouth
- Credit: Archant Library
Doors are opening, restrictions are being lifted. Life is slowly getting back to some kind of normality… but what will the rest of the year bring? Only time will tell.
The saying “the Good Old Days” is often wide of the mark but let’s turn the clock back half a century and take a look at life in Norfolk during the summer of 1971.
A time when the entertainment scene was BOOMING. We knew how to enjoy ourselves. Just look at what was going on in GREAT Yarmouth.
The stars of the summer shows where the best seats cost 70p in most places were:
- ABC – Norman Wisdom and Mrs Mills.
- Britannia Pier – Ronnie Corbett in Corbett’s Here!!!
- Hippodrome – Circus Spectacular starring the amazing New Houdini and Josephine “swinging by her own hair” along with 45 international artists in 15 sensational presentations.
- Wellington Pier Pavilion – Freddie “Parrot Face” Davies in Showtime.
- Windmill Theatre – Jack Douglas in When the Wife’s Away which was described as a new family comedy and Yarmouth’s Loudest Laugh!
There were two shows a day and when the stars had a day off on Sunday more top names put on special performances.
And during 1971 that included the much-loved double act Mike and Bernie Winters who ran a stall on Norwich Market before they hit the big time.
- 1 House of Fun! When Madness video was shot at Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
- 2 CCTV appeal after series of Great Yarmouth burglaries
- 3 Out of stock: Great Yarmouth food bank's uncertain future
- 4 Lovely jubbly! Only Fools and Horses tribute show heads to town
- 5 People are driving for hours to visit this loaded fries and doughnut kiosk
- 6 'I was in a dark place' - Woman 'saved' by messages on town's pier
- 7 Hundreds sign petition calling for coastal villages bus route to Norwich
- 8 Ask the Mercury: What is happening to White Lion steps?
- 9 Hot tub wrecked after car smashes through garden wall from Wilkos car park
- 10 School centre to be named after lifeboat stalwart
Mike and Bernie were more like friends to us locals. We knew them when they were having a laugh with shoppers before they became one of the most popular double-acts in the land.
The stars of these shows also did a lot of work great work helping local charities by putting in personal appearances, opening events and the rest.
Times have changed but it is wonderful to think that one of our greatest venues – the unique Hippodrome at Yarmouth is still going strong thanks to the hard-working Jay family.
And don’t forget that our own Olly Day and Nigel “Boy” Sayer are appearing in Summer Showtime at the historic Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, opening today May 18 and running every Tuesday until October 12.
Another survivor and a fantastic theatre where you sit at tables. They look after you well.