Heacham Raises Funds for
BBC Children in Need
An afternoon of entertainment at Church of St Mary the Virgin

Stella of HOL would like to thank Brian and Christine Brackenbury
for assisting with editorial material.  Photos by Rob Topliss and Stella of HOL
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Pictured above from right to left are Roger Dean, Jenny Gray, The Rev Steve Davies, Brian Brackenbury and Doreen Reed

Message From Brant Nuttall: I am terribly sorry about the confusion on 16 November.  I had prepared a special programme for the event and worked very hard to get it ready. It is also highly embarrassing to miss an event for a charity that I readily support.  I sincerely hope that I will be able to make amends for this incident in the future.


The line up for the event included:

Roger Dean - Birmingham born, Roger, studied music and drama and began his show business career as a boy accordionist, performing in clubs and theatres around the Midlands.  As well as drawing praise for his portrayal of a pantomime "dame", Roger has also enjoyed huge success in national theatres playing the popular children's hero "Postman Pat".  More recently, Roger has achieved acclaim for "The Johnny Cash Story" show with his band "The Lazy Boys" in between providing entertainment on board well known cruiser liners around the world.

Brant Nuttall has lived in Kings Lynn since 1992 and achieved acclaim both as a recitalist and piano teacher.  Under the tutorship of Katrina George, Brant obtained a music scholarship at Rossall Boarding School, Fleetwood, Lancashire, and became Northwest Junior Musician of the Year at the age of 14.  He later went on to become Licentiate of the London College of Music and he now devotes most of his time to teaching privately and he has also given numerous successful recitals, most notably at King's Lynn Town Hall and Park House, Sandringham.


Doreen Reed - Hailing from Rugby in Warwickshire, Doreen had long wished to live in Norfolk.  In April 1994 she got her wish and became resident in Heacham.  Some 6 years ago, Doreen retired early for health reasons and began to write poetry.  Doreen is well known throughout Norfolk for entertaining a variety of audiences with her homespun poems of nostalgia, nonsense and everyday life. Doreen is often heard in village halls, theatres, on radio and private functions.  She also manages to honour requests to write poems for special occasions whilst also maintaining a keen interest in fundraising activities for the local surgery.

Opal - A Variety Show at the Corn Hall in 1987 to celebrate St John's Ambulance Centenary was Opal's debut performance.  Soon they were topping the bill for both King's Lynn and Hunstanton's Mayor's Variety Shows at the Princess Theatre and many other key Norfolk venues.  Opal's Jenny Gray - whose repertoire ranges from Operatic to Country and Pop - complements Brian Brackenbury's popular keyboard and vocals which continue to be in great demand.  Brian's proudest moment was undoubtedly when he won the "Our Life Award 2003" Award for Inspirational People 50 Years Plus in the Entertainment Category for Norfolk.