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March 2020: West Norfolk

Welcome to West Norfolk, a truly special place of unspoilt charm and natural beauty, where tranquillity and relaxation are the order of the day.

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Jean Simmons

For decades Jean Simmons was a star in her native Britain and then in Hollywood, her ability to convey sexy innocence winning her major roles like Ophelia to Olivierís Hamlet; Estella in David Leanís Great Expectations; the female lead in the daring Blue Lagoon Ė and all those before she was 21. After coming of age she decamped to Hollywood, married Stewart Granger and then built a new part of her career, albeit with many so-so roles on the way. But anyone who can put Spartacus, The Big Country, The Robe, The Happy Ending and Guys and Dolls on her CV could never be called an also ran. She was a star with staying power beneath her fragile beauty, and a figure of heroic stature in British cinema history.

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Those who don't believe in magic will never find it - Roald Dahl
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First Non-Stop Transatlantic Jet Flight - 1950, Launch of ITV - 1955, 10 Soldiers killed by IRA bomb attack in Deal - 1989
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