Get to know our very own Mr. Blobby…

We are very pleased to announce that Paul Ludlow is our newly appointed Entertainment and Experience Manager at Norton Grange Coastal Village. Since he arrived, we’ve been getting to know him and uncovering all of his hidden secrets. So this is your chance to get to know a little about our Entertainments Manager!

Let us take you back to his youth…

Paul’s family exposed him to the showbiz legends such as; Johnny Mathis, Tom Jones and Frank Sinatra. Paul’s Grandfather was a valued musician and ventriloquist in his day and his Father was a Tom Jones impersonator.  It is clear that Paul’s love for performing was inspired by his family and their love for the Golden Age singers. This steered Paul to study Musical Theatre in Lowestoft, it was here Paul took singing lessons. Paul’s singing teacher taught him the ‘Bel canto’ technique of singing (an Italian, operatic, open throat way to sing which is known to provide clarity, quality and longevity in sound). This technique of singing influenced Paul to sing Mario Lanza, The three Tenors, Sinatra, and Elvis too.

After gaining experience and qualifications in performing arts, Paul pursued a variety of performing careers which included working as a; Redcoat at Butlins, performing a tribute to the music of Robbie Williams in Cyprus and teaching GCSE & A-Level Drama and Media Studies. Paul also played the rehearsal role of the much-loved character Mr. Blobby, from the Noel Edmunds House Party.

Paul and partner Rebecca Christian (band singer at Norton Grange) auditioned at a showcase and were noticed by a producer who places shows in Scarborough Spa Theatre, which is where they worked for 5 years. It was here that Paul worked with well respected artists such as; Jimmy Tarbuck, Stu Francis, and Jimmy Cricket. Throughout the 5 years in Scarborough, Paul starred as Jack and the King, in ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’ and the lead in ‘Aladdin’.

It was after these roles that Paul felt he wanted a role to reflect him and his current time in life. This has led him to us at Norton Grange where he was interviewed and auditioned for Entertainment and Experience Manager.

Paul is currently enjoying supporting and leading his talented team whom he shares his skills from his years within the Entertainment Industry with. Paul, together with his team, work hard to provide a varied programme of events. This includes; an active daytime program, livelier evenings and enhancing the Warner Team Shows to ensure each guest experience an evening full of fun and laughter.

Paul has also been looking at the timing of evening activities and entertainment to allow guests to enjoy dinner without the need to rush into our Mariners Ballroom.  Our guests can also expect to see better use of the Waterfront lounge, enhanced summer terrace parties with fun sporting activities. Guests can also experience a variety of late night entertainment too.

You can look forward to seeing Paul perform his late night Cabaret sets in the Waterfront Lounge, where you hear him sing.

We hope you have enjoyed getting to know our latest addition to our Entertainments Team and we hope that you will visit Norton Grange in the near future to meet him yourself.

Head on down to Thoresby Hall to bath in the ‘Fountain of Youth’ swimming pool with its amazing anti-ageing capabilities!

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An incredible discovery has been made at our Thoresby Hall Hotel, causing hundreds of people to flock to the swimming pool due to the fascinating anti-ageing properties it holds. The game-changing news comes after a member of our site team noticed customers were exiting the pool with smoother skin, less wrinkles and an air of youthfulness to them.

We spoke to Cindy Baker, one of the housekeeping team at Thoresby Hall, and she told us: “At first I thought I was dreaming. I was mopping the pool side when I saw a guest in her mid-fifties entering the pool. Twenty minutes later she came out looking about 20 years younger! Her wrinkles were almost non-existent – I couldn’t believe my eyes.”

Our mystified management team tested the swimming pool water, and made the astonishing discovery that the water had extremely high levels of Retinol in it, a derivative of antioxidant vitamin A. The team is bemused as to its origin, but aren’t complaining, as hundreds of people are booking to stay at the hotel so they can enjoy a dip in what’s being dubbed ‘The Fountain of Youth’.

Thoresby Hall is taking significantly more bookings as a result of the discovery, though some rooms are still available to youth seekers.

Sarah Brown, 58, at Thoresby Hall’s swimming pool:

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