West Runton Pavilion & Cromer Links

North Norfolk's Legendary Live Music Venues of the 1960s, 70s & 80s

Friday 3rd October 2014

I am delighted to announce that, thanks to a recent phenomenon called 'Print on Demand', I have been able to make both 'WHAT FLO SAID NEXT' and 'THE SCAM' available in paperback from Amazon.  Please visit the About the Book page for further details and links.

Wednesday 25th June 2014

Two items of news today!  One is that Malcolm Birtwell is organising a West Runton Reunion to be held on the evening of Saturday 4th October 2014 at West Runton Social Club.  Contact Malcolm at malcypoos@msn.com for tickets and more information.

Secondly, I have just published my first novel, 'The Scam' about  budding Rock Star, Gee Stringer, who starts his own punk band in the seventies, plays at a few Norfolk music venues, meets Lemmy at Runton, and tours with Iron Maiden, Guns N' Roses and The Stones.  It's available from Amazon for download as an e-book but don't worry if you don't have a Kindle, the Amazon Kindle page has a free app you can download so you can read the book on a Smartphone, tablet or on your computer.  Follow this link for more information: 'The Scam' on Amazon

Wednesday 13th February 2013

The ebook is finished!  You can now download the updated version - WHAT FLO SAID NEXT - to your Kindle, Smartphone, tablet or PC.  Thanks to everyone who has supplied additional information.  Please visit the 'About the Book' page for more information.

Monday 19th November 2012

WHAT FLO SAID will soon be available as an e-book.  Finishing touches are being put to the updated and expanded text, and photos are being added.  Further details to follow.

Thursday 27th October 2011

Just to say that I am afraid 'FLO' really has sold out this time, and there are definitely no plans to reprint.  I'm sorry if you were unable to obtain a copy.  Thanks to everyone for their all their encouragement and support before, during and after the launch of the book in October 2006 - five years ago!  I really couldn't have done it without you.

Tuesday 17 November 2009

The 5th Reunion, held at the Lighthouse, took place on Saturday 12 September.  Numbers were slightly down but those who attended enjoyed music and info from Magic Moments Disco.  The Shy Fly/Fat Alice gig at North Walsham on Saturday produced a good night of live music although it would have been nice to see a few more people there. 

Sunday 3 May 2009

The 5th Reunion is announced - it will be held at The Lighthouse, Walcott on the 12th September - together with news of a bonus event on 13th November with former Links support band Shy Fly playing in North Walsham.

Monday 29 September 2008

The 4th Reunion on Saturday was a great success, with around 200 people enjoying an evening of fantastic music and many of them meeting friends they hadn't seen for years. Thanks to everyone who attended, but especially to the bands Bo-Nidle and Shy Fly, Magic Moments disco and landlord Steve Bullimore who made it all possible.

Thursday 25 September 2008

With two days to go until the 4th Reunion, excitement is mounting.  The DJ has lined up some great tracks to play for us, and the two bands are both ready to rock!  I will be on North Norfolk Radio tomorrow morning, so tune in if you can.

Tuesday 27 May 2008

Details of the 2008 Reunion are confirmed. There will be a disco this year plus two live bands. BO-NIDLE are making a return visit, featuring Harry from Spencer's People, and SHY FLY are reforming with Phil and Neil from the original 70's line-up. The event is being held once again at the Lighthouse Inn, Walcott, by kind invitation of Steve Bullimore.

Monday 17 March 2008

A belated welcome to 2008 and a big 'thank you' to everyone who has visited the website and helped us pass the 4,000 visitor mark. It has been a busy winter - the book was reprinted before Christmas and sales of it are going well, plans are underway for the next Reunion on 27 September, and two Newsletters have been posted out to members of the 'FLO CLUB'. Membership is now 3 per year so please tell any of your friends not on the 'Net. It isn't too late to join and they can buy back copies of the Newsletters for 75p each which include excerpts from the 'What FLO Said Next' webpage, Reunion news and pages from the A - Z band list. Thanks to the free magazines including Cromer Crab-Line and the Holt Times for printing an article containing this information.

Tuesday 27 November 2007

Richard Penguin has recorded an interview with me for Future Radio which will be broadcast on Sunday 2 December between 3pm and 4pm.  The station can be found at 96.9 FM within an approximate 15 mile radius of Norwich, or you can listen online at www.futureradio.co.uk  There is a 'listen again' facility on the website if you miss the live broadcast and I will add the details to my 'links' page.

Thursday 8 November 2007

Due to popular demand, a third reprint of 'WHAT FLO SAID' has been ordered and delivery is expected next week.  The 'FLO CLUB' is being launched for those with no Internet access so they can receive regular updates, news and information by post which, until now, has only been available on the Website. Those who subscribe before the end of this year can enjoy full membership for a one-off payment of 5, as a special introductory offer.

Tuesday 2 October 2007

What a fantastic Reunion Saturday night!  Thanks to everyone who attended, but especially to landlord Steve Bullimore and to the musicians who took part. 

Thursday 27 September 2007

I am being interviewed tomorrow morning by Wally Webb of Radio Norfolk at Slade Court, where West Runton Pavilion once stood.  Looking forward to a good night Saturday - two more sleeps to go!

Saturday 18 August 2007

Tony Spencer and Alfie Hall - ex-Spencer's People - are confirmed to play at the Third Reunion.  Another ex-Spencer's person - Harry Collins - is due to appear with his band Bo-Nidle.  Other musicians who played at the venues are being lined up to make guest appearances. 

Thursday 24 May 2007

Saturday 29 September is announced as the date for the Third Reunion, to be held at the Lighthouse Inn, Walcott, with live music.  'WHAT FLO SAID' is officially classed as 'sold out'!

Saturday 10 March 2007

Stocks of 'WHAT FLO SAID' have all but sold out everywhere now and there are, unfortunately, no plans to reprint in the near future.  Thanks to everyone who bought a copy and sorry if you didn't manage to get hold of one.  Discussions are in the early stages regarding the possibility of holding a third Reunion in the summer/autumn.  For further details, please watch this space...!

Monday 8 January 2007

This website has just recorded its two thousandth visit!  Thanks to everyone for their interest and for helping to reach this milestone.

Saturday 23 December 2006

Thanks to support of local retailers, in particular Jarrolds of Norwich and Cromer, Bertram A Watts in Sheringham and Larners of Holt, the second print run has almost sold out.  I have 25 books left for emergency use!  It seems many people will be finding 'FLO' in their Christmas stocking.  Thanks to all of you who helped spread the word, and also to David Clayton of Radio Norfolk (Sundays 9am till Noon) for his numerous 'plugs'.  Merry Christmas and a happy 2007 to you all.

Saturday 25 November 2006

The first batch of books has almost sold out and, in response to demand, a further print run has been ordered which will arrive this week. 

On Thursday I spent a very pleasant afternoon with John and Joan Eldiss, who live in one of the houses built on the site of Cromer Links.  A photo has been added to the 'What FLO Said Next' page, along with a photo of what replaced West Runton Pavilion.

Saturday 11 November 2006

This website has now registered over 1,500 hits, more than 500 of them during the last seven weeks!  Thanks for your interest.  Also thanks to everyone who has bought a book from Jarrolds during the last week - 'WHAT FLO SAID' is at number 5 in their local best-seller chart, according to today's Eastern Daily Press.

Friday 27 October 2006

Sales of the book are going well.  The local bookshops who are stocking it have all taken a second delivery of books and there is a steady stream of orders arriving through the post and via paypal.  I will be at North Walsham Community Centre tomorrow night (Saturday 28 October) for the Scratch Band gig, and will have copies of the book for sale during the interval.  I am being interviewed on Radio Norfolk at 3pm on Monday 30 October.  Thanks to everyone for their kind comments and support.

Monday 16 October 2006

Thanks to all who attended the Reunion on Saturday.  It was a very successful evening with an attendance of around 200 enjoying Moods Disco, with music from the bands who appeared at the venues and snippets of information about some of their appearances.  Tony Spencer and Alfie Hall, formerly vocalist and guitarist with local band Spencer's People - who played at the Links several times in the early '70s - gave an impromptu performance of 'Georgia on my Mind.'  Sales of the book 'WHAT FLO SAID' - which was launched at the event - got off to a flying start. 

Friday 13 October 2006

Well, quite an eventful week!  Featured in the EDP on Monday, on North Norfolk Radio Wednesday morning, in the North Norfolk News on Thursday and Radio Norfolk Thursday evening.  Signs are looking good for a packed venue on Saturday.  Make sure you don't miss it.  The books arrived yesterday - I'm very pleased with them and can't wait for you all to see them!  Till Saturday...

Saturday 7 October 2006

ONE WEEK TO GO!  Preparations are well underway for the Reunion and book launch being held on Saturday 14 October at the Lighthouse Inn, Walcott.  Local press and radio are featuring the event during the coming week. 

Sunday 24 September 2006

This website has just recorded its 1,000th hit since it was launched last May, an average of around 15 hits per week!  Thank you all for your interest and support.

Tuesday 12 September 2006

The date for the second Reunion has just been announced.  It will take place at The Lighthouse Inn, Walcott, on Saturday 14 October and will incorporate the launch of the new book 'WHAT FLO SAID', which will be available to purchase on the night.  Please spread the word!

Monday 4 September 2006

'WHAT FLO SAID' is currently with the publisher, and preparations are being made for printing in the very near future.  Please watch this space for details of the book launch - to be announced shortly.

Monday 19 June 2006

Well, after a long pause on my part I am pleased to announce that the book is finished!  Entitled 'WHAT FLO SAID' it is currently being proof-read and quotations for printing are being obtained.  I have been able to incorporate most of the stories, information and photos kindly provided during the year I spent researching.  It has been extremely time-consuming but I hope, when you see it, you will agree it has been very worthwhile.  Thanks for your help and support - I couldn't have done it without you!

Thursday 30 March 2006

Work is going well with the writing.  I am up to chapter nine, probably well over a third of the way into the book.  Still waiting for one or two people to contact me with band line-ups and photos, but hope to hear from them by Easter.

Sunday 26 February 2006

The research phase of the book is now coming to an end and I am ready to concentrate on putting all the facts and stories together in some sort of order.

I have been lent over forty photos taken over the course of a couple of months in 1981.  Unfortunately, they are not all labelled and I am trying to find out who some of them are.  They have been posted on the website in the hope that someone might recognise them.  (These were removed 19.6.06)

The Reunion photos have been swapped again.

Tuesday 24 January 2006

Well, another month has almost passed, and I thought I ought to post an update.  More photos have been scanned, more people have been contacted and another large telephone bill has been received!  My target is to have spoken to everyone who has expressed an interest in the project by the end of February.  If you haven't yet contacted me, please do so soon.  Thanks to everyone for their support.  Oh - and I've also changed the Reunion photos again!

Thursday 29 December 2005

The final selection of Reunion pictures have been added to the Website.  I'm sorry if you were there but did not appear on any of the photos.  Thanks again for attending and making it a very special evening.  I have met, spoken to and e-mailed more people who have stories, photos and memorabilia to share.  Things are looking on target for a 2006 launch of the book, so keep checking the Website for regular updates.  Hope you all had a good Christmas and wishing you a rockin' New Year!

Saturday 26 November 2005

A different selection of photos from the Reunion has been added to the Website.  See Reunion Pix page.  I have carried out a couple of in-depth interviews and kindly been loaned various photos, slides and posters to copy for the book.  Don't forget to get in touch soon if you have something you would like included, and please urge your friends to do the same!

Thursday 3rd November 2005

Have finally added a selection of Reunion photos to the Website (see Reunion pix).  Will put a different set on in a couple of weeks so please check the Website regularly to see if you are there!

Sunday 16th October 2005

Over 200 people attended the Reunion last night, travelling from as far away as Kings Lynn, Cambridge and even Surrey!  Thanks to Steve Bullimore at Walcott Lighthouse and Dave from Moods Disco for helping make it a great night.  Thanks also to Radio Norfolk, North Norfolk Radio, the Eastern Daily Press and the North Norfolk News for helping to publicise the event, and to all of you who put up posters, handed out leaflets and rang up your mates!  We hope to do the same again next year.

Wednesday 12th October 2005

A two-page article on the book and the Reunion appeared in yesterday's Eastern Daily Press, and a similar feature should be included in this week's North Norfolk News.  Following the EDP article, I have been invited along to Radio Norfolk to give an interview.  The show is being broadcast on Friday from 3pm.  There is talk of mini-buses being hired to bring people to the Reunion, so hopefully we will get a good crowd. 

Sunday 9th October 2005

With less than a week to go until the Reunion, preparations are almost complete.  I have spoken to Dave, the DJ, who is arranging to bring along plenty of tracks by bands who appeared at Runton and the Links.  I have also compiled a list of most of the bands who appeared at the venues (almost 1,200 names!).  This will be on the wall for people to view, along with lots of photos.  Hopefully all this will generate plenty of memories.  Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Tuesday 21 September 2005

Working hard publicising the Reunion - distributing fliers, putting ads in free mags and trying to get a mention on radio and in local papers.  If you can help by putting up a poster in your local post office, favourite music store, where you work etc, please let me know, also if you need a few fliers to hand out to people who might be interested, please ring me on 01362 684175 or send me an e-mail. 

Saturday 3 September 2005

The Reunion is going ahead!  It will be held on Saturday 15 October 2005 at the Lighthouse Inn, Walcott.  Good progress is being made with the book, I have interviewed the former owners of both venues and have many leads to follow up, and loads of stories and photos to include.

Wednesday 8th June 2005

I am gradually widening my network of contacts, thanks to the many people who are still phoning and e-mailing me.  I have been offered the use of a marquee towards the end of the Summer to host a reunion, where people could get together to discuss their stories and perhaps bring memorabilia for me to copy.  Thanks to 'Bully' for the suggestion.  I think this is a really good idea - please let me know what you think. 

Wednesday 25 May 2005

I have decided to write a book on West Runton Pavilion and the Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer.  Following a feature on North Norfolk Radio last Thursday, and my letter appearing in the Eastern Daily Press on Monday, I have had much encouragement and support.  People have phoned me with their memories, given me further leads and contacts, and offered to lend me photos, posters, albums etc.  Thanks very much to you all.  I will keep in touch and let you know how it progresses.  Please continue to spread the word, and watch this space!

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