Peter was a fine singer

Let's Talk - - POSTBAG -

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

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