THE CHASE COULD BE ON FOR a Norfolk home for Bradley Walsh
Let's Talk|December 2020
He is one of the most popular celebrities on television at the moment. He’s a comedian, singer, actor, personality and probably the best quiz show host doing the rounds. David Clayton looks back to when Bradley Walsh came to Cromer.
David Clayton

“MY BIGGEST REGRET is not buying a house here when I could have done.” That was Bradley Walsh’s conclusion last year when he was back in Cromer, for a weekend, to crown the carnival queen.

He was talking live on-air to Julie Reinger during BBC Radio Norfolk’s popular Sunday morning Treasure Quest programme. He was recalling, with great affection, his summer seasons on Cromer Pier back in the 1980s which, he admits, were his breakthrough into showbusiness.

“It’s thrilling to be back,” he said. Bradley credits the Pier Show’s director Bob Marlow and the late producer Dick Condon with being his mentors. “I was 26, just a stand-up comic, bottom of the bill, I didn’t know what I was doing. They taught me how to sing and dance.”

The Cromer Pier summer season performances are renowned for the way the whole cast gets involved with everything. Yes, they do their allotted spot on the bill, but as everyone who has been in the audience knows, there are sketches and dances where the whole team variously take part. It’s an ensemble production and clearly it helped Bradley on his way to being a household name when he started there in 1986.

Back then Nick Clarke was working for Dick Condon and remembers Bradley’s first season. “He was a genuinely nice guy, eager to learn and be funny. He stayed over with us at our house in Norwich a few times. He was so witty and quick.”

Nick now has his own successful production company, specialising in events and award ceremonies, but back then he has a favourite memory of sorting out a technical solution to a difficult challenge. “Bradley was taken ill and had to spend a few days in Cromer Hospital,” he recalls. He couldn’t appear on stage, but Dick Condon came up with a novel idea,

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM LET'S TALKView All

STOP ME AND BUY ONE: Nigel's on the way with his 1981 Bedford

It’s something we all recall with delight. “Mum, it’s the ice cream man!” Let’s Talk’s motoring man David Clayton meets someone happy to be the owner of a Bedford ice cream van. Bring on the Strawberry Mivvis, choc ices and 99s ...

5 mins read
Let's Talk
December 2020

Beautiful Hill: Normandy Origin For A Name Meaning

Let’s Talk’s surnames expert Derek Palgrave, from Suffolk, researches three more of our readers’ names, the first of which probably stems from the geographical presence of a beautiful hill.

3 mins read
Let's Talk
December 2020

Words of wisdom about a hobby so many of us love

Let’s Talk’s gardening expert Charlotte Philcox has been trawling through some books to find words of wisdom from so many people about gardening and farming. Here she shares just a few.

4 mins read
Let's Talk
December 2020

Vicki remains so positive despite missing her panto

For actress Vicki Michelle, Christmas usually means performing in panto. But, due the coronavirus pandemic, this year will be different. Vicki speaks to Rachel Banham about her plans for the festive season, her outlook on life and her fond memories of filming in East Anglia.

6 mins read
Let's Talk
December 2020

Two centuries on Thomas would be DELIGHTED WITH HIS SUCCESS

He was a man without sight but with such vision. Derek James remembers Thomas Tawell who died 200 years ago.

3 mins read
Let's Talk
December 2020

TURNING 50

Here at Let’s Talk we recognise that our magazine is targeted at those aged 50 and older. So we hope we are always fair to our readers and to the older generation in general. But it seems many believe other media and businesses do not treat older people in the best way.

3 mins read
Let's Talk
December 2020

THE CHASE COULD BE ON FOR a Norfolk home for Bradley Walsh

He is one of the most popular celebrities on television at the moment. He’s a comedian, singer, actor, personality and probably the best quiz show host doing the rounds. David Clayton looks back to when Bradley Walsh came to Cromer.

5 mins read
Let's Talk
December 2020

The calendar is rolling around to the WINTER SOLSTICE

Claire Manion, of Norfolk-based Broadsky Astrology, looks at how we have always honoured the winter solstice, our shortest day.

2 mins read
Let's Talk
December 2020

PEACE, GOODWILL AND PROSPERITY must surely follow

In view of such uncertainty hanging over the rest of this year – and possibly well beyond – it was hard to come up with a suitable offering for December in his usual style, says Keith Skipper. So, he has decided to settle for a festive story set in 1951, that he wrote some time ago.

3 mins read
Let's Talk
December 2020

Friends

Readers of our short stories don’t have to have long memories to recall work by Anne Maxwell, who had a previous short story entry published in the summer.

7 mins read
Let's Talk
December 2020
RELATED STORIES

SUDDEN DEATH

Executive Producer/ Head Writer Bradley Bell Explains why B&B Killed Off Finn — And Where Steffy Goes From Here

3 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
April 18, 2022

Jen Cozies Up to Bradley!

A romance two decades in the making? Twenty years after they first shared the TV screen on Alias, Jennifer Garner, 49, and Bradley Cooper, 47, put their chemistry on full display at the Oscars on March 27 in LA.

1 min read
inTouch
April 18, 2022

The Slap Heard Around the World

"Will Smith just smacked me! "

1 min read
inTouch
April 11, 2022

GAGA Breaks Down Over Bradley

So much for having a Poker Face.

1 min read
inTouch
March 28, 2022

MATCHMAKER BRAD HELPS BRADLEY GET A LEG UP ON LOVE

FORMER flames Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk appear poised to rekindle their romance over two years after their bitter split — and sources said they can thank Brad Pitt!

1 min read
National Enquirer
January 03, 2022

YEEZY DOES IT!

Clingy Kanye cools it so Irina won’t flee

2 mins read
National Enquirer
August 09, 2021

The Inner Game

A study of a champion still struggling to feel like one.

5 mins read
New York magazine
July 19 - August 1, 2021

THE SURPRISING IMPORTANCE OF A COCKTAIL TO GO

This is the story of how complicated it is to change a simple law—and the large role entrepreneurs can play.

10+ mins read
Entrepreneur
June 2021

Michael B. Wood

After a full day of gardening with his wife, Mike Wood died on April 2, 2021, suddenly and serenely under a spring sky full of birds, serenaded by peepers, at his home in Deer Isle, Maine, after a very full life.

3 mins read
Island Ad-Vantages
April 22, 2021

Michael B. Wood

After a full day of gardening with his wife, Mike Wood died on April 2, 2021, suddenly and serenely under a spring sky full of birds, serenaded by peepers, at his home in Deer Isle, Maine, after a very full life.

3 mins read
The Weekly Packet
April 22, 2021