I moved to Norfolk to fulfil a lifetime’s ambition to live by the sea and discovered that a whole world of entertainment harking back to the 1950s also exists here. There is the end of pier show in Cromer, the Water Circus in Great Yarmouth and the gaudy exuberance of the penny arcades and the pinball machines.
A walk along the promenade in Great Yarmouth sees below the facades of grand, but shabby Victorian edifices, a continuous stream of flashing lights and thunderous music highlighting arcades with names like Flamingo, Golden Nugget, Caesars Palace and the Mirage.
They tease you in with neon lights, electronic American accents, sirens and fairground noises and displays of awful stuffed toys to win. It’s over the top, gaudy, a bit sleazy but tremendous and carefree fun!
“Chequerboard Challenge” is inspired by the wonderful artwork and colours of the pinball machines that can be found in these palaces of glitz and gaudiness – living relics of a simpler and more innocent world of seaside holidays comprising of fish and chips, donkey rides and candy floss.