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The sun has got its hat on - in Gorleston

PUBLISHED: 16:15 15 August 2012

Olly Day and Nigel

Olly Day and Nigel "Boy" Syer stars of Showtime at Gorleston Pavilion this summer

Archant

How a Norfolk double act is raising the roof at one of the longest running summer shows in the land.

The sun will be shining over Gorleston until the end of September – whatever the weather.

It may, on occasions, be a trifle wet and windy outside, but inside the wonderful Pavilion Theatre people will be bathed in warm sunshine.

And they will have a smile on their face.

Two of our finest entertainers, Olly Day and Nigel “Boy” Syer, have teamed up for one of the longest summer season in the land which is now on at the Pavilion, such a grand theatre which first opened its doors more than a century ago.

Showtime Summer 2012 has the Norfolk feelgood factor stamped all over it and proves that the seaside special is still alive and kicking.

The glory days of the big national and international stars headlining several shows at Great Yarmouth and other resorts up and down the east coast and the rest of the country may be gone.

But at Gorleston the tradition continues with Norwich entertainers leading the way –making sure that both holidaymakers and locals have a good time. Supported by a team of excellent dancers and singers, the pair of them make sure everyone has a enjoys themselves. Norfolk humour is special and these two lads are special.

The formal theatre seating is a thing of the past at the Pavilion where chairs and tables have replaced the rows of seats – making the evening more relaxed and intimate. It adds to the friendly atmosphere. When we went along the other night there were holidaymakers in from all over the country – from Scotland to CornwalI and they were loving the Norfolk style.

This is Olly’s first summer season at the Pavilion, while Nigel has been a regular for the last 16 happy years.

“Yes, it’s been 16 years since I first started at the Pavilion and this year, working with Olly, has been the best ever,” said Nigel, who launched his career at school in Norwich.

“We are having such a laugh, both on stage and off. It’s been good to see so many nights when the ‘house full’ signs have been up.”

Norwich-based Olly, comedian, singer, magician and also the Norfolk schools road safety champion, is having a ball at the seaside.

“This summer has been great for me. It’s like one big family at Gorleston, they have all been together in the show for the last 16 years,” he said.

“I love the atmosphere at this theatre. It is 111 years old and still running all year round doing the job it was built for, entertaining visitors to Great Yarmouth and Gorleston,” added Olly.

“Nigel and I are carrying on a tradition of double acts too, apparently Morecambe and Wise performed there when they were starting; they even slept in our dressing room under the stage!” he said.

If you want a good night out then I can recommend Showtime which is running every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until the end of September. The show starts at 7.45pm and there are matinees on August 22 and September 19. Call the box office on 01493 662832 (Monday to Thursday from 10am to 3pm) or click on www.gorlestonpavilion.com

The show is dedicated to the memory of the much-loved and much-missed Steve Ace, former master of ceremonies at the summer shows, who died last November, aged 50.

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