Gorleston man's West End role

A GORLESTON man has been given a major part to play in a London West End stage show- using his creative skills to design the scenery.Ian Westbrook and his handful of artists, engineers and model-makers at 3D Creations created the dodgem cars and sideshow stalls for All the Fun of the Fair, which starts tomorrow night.

A GORLESTON man has been given a major part to play in a London West End stage show- using his creative skills to design the scenery.

Ian Westbrook and his handful of artists, engineers and model-makers at 3D Creations created the dodgem cars and sideshow stalls for All the Fun of the Fair, which starts tomorrow night.

The only clue to the link may have been the glimpse of three dodgems trundling along Bells Road for a fun photo shot for the business scrapbook - captioned “new company cars.”

It is just the latest big show on the growing and glowing CV of 45-year-old Mr Westbrook, whose backdrops and props have been seen at theatres all over the UK, on a worldwide rock music tour by Iron Maiden and even in giant fish tanks across Europe.

He is well-known in his native Norfolk too for his involvement in the Cromer Pier shows, and has also supplied props for the popular Thursford Christmas extravaganza.

All the Fun of the Fair is a rollercoaster musical celebration of David Essex's hits, taking its name from his 1975 album. It sees him play funfair owner David Levi in a story of fortune-telling, mystery, danger and love.

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The London version has had a major revamp from the touring version which visited Norwich last year, and showcases songs such as A Winter's Tale, Hold Me Close, Gonna Make You a Star, Silver Dream Machine and Rock On.

Mr Wesbrook's involvement in creating the funfair scenery began in February and took eight weeks. It included buying four motorbikes, stripping them down to remove unnecessary weight and draining all flammable oil and petrol.

The dodgems also had to be modified.