Caister Celebrities

The Eighteen Plus Easter Holiday had a big budget for entertainment, but then again, it had to cater for thousands of Plussers across five venues at its peak during the 70s so it needed it.

At my first Caister in 1979, I was delighted to bump into Radio 1 DJ Simon Bates buying a paper in the on-site shop. I persuaded him to pose for the camera wearing a Coventry badge and as he handed it back, I said he could keep it but he assured me that he was offered way too much stuff to keep all of it.

There was always a big comedy element at certain lunchtime shows. Her is Roger DeCourcey with Nookie Bear. He was a rubbish ventriloquist but that bear could swear! (He wasn’t originally called Nookie before TV either…)

I’ve supped a few Pints with comedy folk singer Fred Wedlock over the years as he used to compere the traditional talent contest that I became involved with organising. He had an unexpected chart hit in 1981 and I am starting to feel a bit like the subject of his song these days!