Film star John Hurt and sea shanty singers make pledges to EDP flood appeal

Actor John Hurt in Cromer.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Actor John Hurt in Cromer. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Thursday, December 12, 2013
8:01 AM

A group of sea shanty singers and a star of the silver screen - who have witnessed the destruction to the Norfolk and Suffolk coastline - have dug deep to support our flood appeal.

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JUST ADD WATER: Local band The Old Wild Rovers who entertained with shanties and seasongs. Picture: BRIAN GAUDETJUST ADD WATER: Local band The Old Wild Rovers who entertained with shanties and seasongs. Picture: BRIAN GAUDET

Film legend John Hurt, who lives near Cromer, has joined the Blakeney Old Wild Rovers in donating to our cause to help communities devastated by last Thursday’s floods.

Mr Hurt said: “As the immediate signs of the devastation left by last week’s storm are cleared, it is important to remember that for those who lost their homes, possessions and livelihoods, it will be weeks if not months before they are able to return to some sort of normality.”

The Dr Who star praised the EDP in launching its fund for Norfolk and Lowestoft, and those who have given so generously.

He added: “I applaud the EDP for its prompt response in setting up the Flood Appeal Fund, and those companies and private individuals who have made donations to help restore our local communities. “

The Old Rovers, who sing shanty and folk songs up and down the east coast, handed a cheque for £500 into our Cromer office yesterday.

The group has raised more than £175,000 for charities in the last 13 years and was keen to support a cause so close to home, with many of its members living and working in flood-hit communities, including Blakeney and Cromer.

Peter Fisher, booking manager with the Rovers, said: “We raise money in and around the east coast and it seemed very apt. And it’s what we do, we set out to help where we can.

“We’re all east coast people so we’re very well aware of what has happened.”

Since launching our campaign on Sunday, EDP readers have rallied to the cause pledging thousands of pounds.

Cheques dropped into our offices and handed in to the Norfolk Community Foundation have raised more than £8,700, while pledges online have reached £1,400 boosting our five-figure total.

Businesses have also responded to our call to arms and given generously, while the trustees of the Paul Bassham Charitable Trust have donated £10,000.

■ The EDP Flood Appeal is for financial donations. If you have clothes, household items or would like to offer manual help visit the Facebook page ‘Walcott,

Bacton and Happisburgh Communities Flood Support & Help Group’.

You can also donate via the North Norfolk District Council offices in Cromer. Cheques should be made payable to NNDC with a clear indication if the donation should go to Walcott or the wider appeal.

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