Afternoon with Anita Harris in Pinchbeck

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A star of stage, screen and hit records is appearing in Pinchbeck next month.

Anita Harris – known for 1960s chart hits and appearances in the Carry On films – is appearing at the Burtey Fen Collection in Pinchbeck on Sunday, January 31 (2.30pm).

Manager and co-owner Mark Willerton says Anita began her singing career with the Cliff Adams Singers before finding fame as a solo artist during the mid-1960s.

He says: “In 1967 she took her record Just Loving You, composed by Dusty Springfield’s brother Tom, to number six in the charts. The following year Anita had another big hit with her revival of the 1941 standard, The Anniversary Waltz.”

More records followed including Dream a Little Dream of Me and what Mark calls the “novelty song”, We’re Going on a Tuppeny Bus Ride.

She appeared in Follow That Camel and Carry on Doctor in 1967, alongside Frankie Howerd, as well as children’s TV programme Anita in Jumbleland, and she was co-presenter with David Nixon on his magic show and a regular guest star on the Morecambe and Wise TV series.

Mark has followed Anita’s career, such as her 1981 Royal Variety Performance appearance singing the music hall song Burlington Bertie from Bow, dressed as the male impersonator Vesta Tilley.

The following year, while appearing in cabaret at London night spot The Talk of the Town, Mark says: “Anita was surprised by Eamonn Andrews with the red book in hand and became the subject of his TV programme This is Your Life. Also in 1982 she was named as Cabaret Performer of The Year by the Variety Club of Great Britain.”

More recently, Anita has taken her one woman show on nationwide tours. She has appeared in BBC TV’s Casualty and in November was a guest star on Jools Holland’s radio show, singing her latest recording In My Life, a cover version of the Lennon and McCartney song.

An afternoon with Anita Harris is a journey through Anita’s illustrious career - with anecdotes and personal memories of the stars she has worked with, and significant songs in her life.

Tickets for the show are £14 including refreshments – 01775 766081.