It was curtains-up on a very special ‘production’ at Cromer Pier’s Pavilion Theatre.

The venue’s bar has been transformed by a £300,000 refurbishment and now features a lighter colour scheme, wider staff area and bespoke, handmade wood furniture. 

More than 20 people were at a reopening ceremony for the North Norfolk District Council-owned venue, which is home to the world’s last remaining end-of-pier variety show.

North Norfolk News: The refurbished bar at Cromer Pier has been reopenedThe refurbished bar at Cromer Pier has been reopened (Image: Denise Bradley)

Councillor Pauline Grove-Jones, the council’s chairman, cut a ribbon and gave a speech at the event on Thursday. 

Mrs Grove-Jones said: “I think they’ve done a tremendous job, it’s a wonderful renovation. 

"All we’ve got to do now is get the inside of the theatre itself renovated, as well as the facilities for the performers. 

North Norfolk News: Cromer PierCromer Pier (Image: Denise Bradley)

“I was a bit concerned that they were going to remove the seating outside the theatre, but they’ve retained it.”

Deb Lewis, the pier’s marketing, box office and retail manager, said the bar looked better than ever.

She said: "The pier has always given a sense of freedom when you’re standing outside, and this brings that sense inside as well.”

North Norfolk News:  Russell Tanner, NNDC's asset and property programme manager Russell Tanner, NNDC's asset and property programme manager (Image: Denise Bradley)

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The renovation includes new wheelchair-accessible toilets on the same side as the bar’s accessible entrance, and there are improved baby changing facilities. 

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Mrs Grove-Jones thanked Russell Tanner, the council’s asset and property programme manager, for his ongoing work on a longer-term £1.1 million project to restore the pier, including its supporting structure.

North Norfolk News: Sean Garrett, general manager of Cromer PierSean Garrett, general manager of Cromer Pier (Image: Denise Bradley)

Thousands of people take in shows at the Pavilion Theatre each year. 

The new bar will get its first proper test on Friday evening (March 17) as the pier hosts a concert by the UK Pink Floyd Experience, which Ms Lewis said was already sold out.

This year’s Cromer Pier Summer Show will take place July 1 to September 30.

The pier is more than 100 years old.

North Norfolk News: At the reopening of the Cromer Pier barAt the reopening of the Cromer Pier bar (Image: Denise Bradley)