Turnstone, By John Maiden, July 12, 2016

capitol 63
capitol 63

Hunstanton Heritage Centre is currently welcoming more visitors than ever, because during July it is open seven days a week: 10am - 4pm Monday to Thursday and 1pm - 5pm Friday to Sunday.

Each week has a special theme. Many of the pictures on display this week are from the 1950’s onwards and were printed by John Smith from negatives kindly donated by Robin McRitchie. One in particular will interest moviegoers with memories of the original art deco cinema, which has since taken on a new lease of life as the Princess Theatre. In 1963 the X-rated film showing at the ‘Capitol Cinema’ was ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’ starring Stewart Granger. These days the Princess has a popular film club, which was launched with a screening of ‘Barnacle Bill’, starring Alec Guinness and our iconic Victorian Pier two decades before its sad demise. No doubt ‘Barnacle Bill’ will be shown again next year to mark its 60th anniversary. ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’ may not make a similar comeback. However, local grown comedians, Olly Day and Nigel ‘boy’ Syer most certainly will, because following their highly successful show last summer, these good old Norfolk boys are back in town and at the Princess Theatre this Thursday at 2.30pm. ‘If it’s Laughter You’re After’, billed as ‘The Real Norfolk Show’, is a fun-filled afternoon of music, magic, great comedy songs, and a big dollop of Norfolk ‘squit’! Whether performing individually or as a double act, Olly and Nigel come across as natural funny men. The finale of their show this year sees Nigel and Olly as a pair of Norfolk farmers looking at the funny side of farming; telling tales of the soil, as well as singing some great songs with countryside flavour. Nigel has built up a huge following all over East Anglia as Norfolk’s funniest accordionist and will be performing his own special brand of comedy and country songs. Olly combines magic with mirth and has a great singing voice. He has starred in the Christmas show at the end of Cromer Pier for the past seven years. The special guest is lovely Lisa Marie, who has an amazing voice and can switch from the soulful ballads of Karen Carpenter to the show stopping songs of Cilla Black. Lisa has spent the last few years touring with Olly and Nigel at sell-out concerts 
all over East Anglia. There will be three more Thursday matinees: July 21and September 8 & 15.

Tickets are available from the Princess Theatre box office at £13.50 (£12.50 concessions) Tel: 01485 53 22 52 to book.