Stephen Fry donned a baseball cap and swore like a sailor to introduce a shanty band’s show at Cromer Pier. 

The world-famous actor and writer - whose first job was as a waiter at the town’s Hotel de Paris - recorded a video message for the Sheringham Shantymen’s annual charity concert.

Mr Fry, 66, welcomed the packed-out Pavilion Theatre to the show while wearing a Shantymen baseball cap. 

North Norfolk News: Sheringham Shantymen performing on stage at Cromer PierSheringham Shantymen performing on stage at Cromer Pier (Image: Leanne McColm)

Mr Fry made fun of the baseball cap he was wearing by using a choice word and added: "Can’t be helped, it’s just nature. 

“Now, once famous for its crabs, Cromer is now almost parasite free, but who knows what that lot from Sheringham have brought with them.

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“Tonight we will take a trip around the world with sea shanties about love, loss, sex, booze and life on the high seas.

"If it all gets too much for you there are sick bags under your seats.”

During the show’s interval Sheringham Shantymen chairman, Rob Denny, presented two cheques for £1,500 each to Sheringham RNLI and Cromer RNLI and another for £3,000 to the St Barnabus Counselling Centre in Norwich.

Brian Farrow, the group’s musical director, hailed the show as a huge success. 

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Mr Farrow said: “We would like to thank everyone that came along to our Cromer Pier show. 

“This show is one we look forward to, and plan for, all year. 

“The energy and enthusiasm of the crowd really drives the show and we hope our enjoyment performing it comes across.  

“To be able to support such worthy local charities with £6,000 just from this one concert alone is something we are all very proud of and the pinnacle of our fundraising year, to have an introduction by Stephen Fry is the cherry on the cake”.