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Mods, miniskirts and moon landings: Everything you need to know about Cromer Vintage Sixties Festival

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 March 2019 | UPDATED: 13:10 28 March 2019

Cromer Chamber of Trade Chairman Sam Grout (centre) and fellow local business owners gear up for the town's 1960s Festival.
Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer Chamber of Trade Chairman Sam Grout (centre) and fellow local business owners gear up for the town's 1960s Festival. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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Cromer will be stepping back in time to a decade of Mods, miniskirts and moon landings next weekend, in a festival celebrating the music and fashions of the swinging sixties.

Cromer Chamber of Trade Chairman Sam Grout (centre) and fellow local business owner Amy Worley get into the spirit of the swinging sixties.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLCromer Chamber of Trade Chairman Sam Grout (centre) and fellow local business owner Amy Worley get into the spirit of the swinging sixties. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

A sold-out concert by legendary Merseybeat band The Searchers on Thursday, March 28, will kick off a packed programme hosted by Cromer Pier, which is hoping to make the festival a firm fixture in the town’s entertainment calendar.

Friday, March 29, will see vintage vinyl DJs Piers Hitman Hawkins and Trevor Half Nelson spin discs ranging from Mod to Motown in the Pavilion Theatre bar at 8pm, while, on the main festival day on Saturday, visitors will have a chance to ride into town on an original Routemaster bus picking up passengers at Holt and Sheringham.

The festival day fun kicks off at 11am with a chance to hear the memories of 1960s pirate radio DJs Keith Skues, Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day, Nick Catford, Peter ‘Chicago’ Murtha and Peter Phillips, who rocked the airwaves on Radio Caroline after it was launched from a former Danish passenger ship in 1964.

Other attractions will include vintage stalls on the pier, a sixties-style dance display by youngsters from Marlene’s School of Dance, live music hosted by open mic group Rock the Lobster, and a vintage vehicle display on the promenade featuring hundreds of classic, scooters, motorcycles and cars.

Revellers will also have a chance to buy beer at £1 a pint in the Pavilion bar, bid for a red Fender-style electric guitar signed by sixties legends including Herman’s Hermits, Marmalade and The Seekers, see an authentic 18ft-long racing car used in the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and a snap a selfie with an original 1960s Dr Who Dalek or Cyberman.

Daytime events will come to a close at 4pm with a performance by platinum-selling X-Factor runner-up Andy Abraham, while a must-see finale at 8pm will see a West End cast perform a concert version of the hit musical All Or Nothing: The Mod Musical, which has been specially written for the event by producer Carol Harrison.

Cromer Pier box office and retail manager Deb Lewis, who is project manager of the festival, said: “Everybody can connect with the 1960s and we wanted to make this an authentic event with real credibility that will attract enthusiasts from all over the country.”

Cromer Vintage 1960s Festival: What’s on?

Friday, March 29: Cromer Soul Club vintage vinyl with DJs Piers ‘Hitman’ Hawkins and Trevor Half Nelson. Runs in the Pavilion bar from 8pm-midnight.

Saturday (main festival day): A vintage Routemaster bus will pick passengers up from Holt war memorial at 10.15am and from Sheringham station at 10.45am, arriving at Cromer Parish Church at 11am. The bus returns to Holt from the church at 4.30pm. Tickets, priced £7 return, available from the Pier box office or website only.

Radio Caroline DJs will host a talk with orginal footage and memorabiia, followed by a book singing, at 11am in the Pavilion Theatre. Tickets, priced £5 including a programme, are available on the door or from the box office.

Attractions on the pier and promenade throughout the day will include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car, lifeboat launch at 10.30am, live music from Rock the Lobster, vintage stalls, Planet Earth Dalek and Invader to Earth Cyberman from Dr Who, dance display from Marlene’s School of Dance and vintage vehicle display.

X-Factor star Andy Abraham will be performing on the pier at 4.10pm. Tickets to All or Nothing: The Mod Musical Experience, which runs at the Pavilion Theatre at 8pm, are available from the box office on 01263 512495 or from www.cromerpier.co.uk

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