Peter was a fine singer
Let’s Talk has done it again. You published an article in a recent issue of Peter Bellamy, the ‘Norfolk Folk Singer’.
This evoked so many memories for me. I was at school with Peter at Fakenham from 1957-62. I lived in Wells and he lived in Warham.
Many are the times he would be in our house playing his guitar and singing folk songs. I believe my father made a tape recording of him at one time but I imagine it got taped over.
He was also a great fan of the early Elvis Presley blues type of song which he would also play and sing.
Peter was also a fantastic artist. He would sit on Wells quay drawing lightning sketches of passers-by and then sell them for two shillings and sixpence.
When we left school Peter attended Norwich Art School. I attended catering college. We saw each other a few times in the city but then our paths diverged. Some 14 years later we met by chance when Peter was performing at a folk club in a hotel where I was working.
He stayed the night with us and the next day we drove him home to Norwich. He lived opposite the old Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. That was the last time I saw him.
I was saddened to hear of his death. He was an exceptional talent. I still have four of his vinyl LPs recording in the late 1960s.
Thank you for reviving this memory. For some reason his nickname at school was ‘Nero’ but I don’t remember why. GEOFF BILLINGTON Ampthill, Bedfordshire