Cromer Pier Christmas show gets ready to reopen on Thursday

Floods. Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre Christmas Show cast members, left, Gina Chambers and Sian Pond, with workman John Speakman.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Floods. Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre Christmas Show cast members, left, Gina Chambers and Sian Pond, with workman John Speakman. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
6:30 AM

Music and dancing will fill Cromer pier pavilion again on Thursday - a week after it was ravaged by storm force waves.

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North Norfolk floods aerials. Cromer pier's deckign damage. Picture: MIKE PAGENorth Norfolk floods aerials. Cromer pier's deckign damage. Picture: MIKE PAGE

The venue’s Christmas Show came to abrupt halt just seven performances into its festive run, when the sea surge shattered pier decking, put holes in the theatre bar and auditorium and wiped out its box office.

But after a super-human effort by workers, the woodwork has been repaired and the show will resume with a 2pm matinee.

Pier spokesman Bruce Stratton said: “The mood last Friday was down despite people putting on brave faces.

“Three guys from the decking company worked through the weekend to mend to holes, and North Norfolk District Council is pulling out all the stops in clearing the promenade to get the show back on.”

Foreman Mick Holmes from construction company FPE Global from Stockport said: “We worked 10 hour days because wen wanted to help out, and get it open again for the sake of people’s livelihoods.”

Boarding has been put down one side of the pier, to make a walkway for lifeboatman and the public. The 5ft hole in the bar near the bar has been repaired, and the smashed “bus stop” bench in the side of the auditorium put back together, along with another hole under the stage.

Some final work is being done to mend decking near the emergency exits, while pier staff prepare the bar area.

Dancer Sian Pond, from Thorpe St Andrew in Norwich, said: “We were devastated when we saw the damage, and thought it would be out of action much longer.”

The cast was now upbeat and looking forward to getting the show back on for the remainder of its run, which last until December 29.

Despite having lost its computers, and relying on manager Rebecca Wass’s mobile phone as its box office, the pier is seeking to contact ticket holders.

Anyone with tickets can also turn up at the bar and seek seats for later performances. It is hoped to have the box office operating again by the end of the week.

The promenade will also be open for taxis and minibus drop-offs.

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