Coming out on to the pier, he “realised with a shock of happiness that there was nowhere in the world I’d rather be”.
Other acts during Marlowe’s years included Graham Scott “with his skilful playing of mandolin and broomstick”; the ventriloquist Ken Wood with his talking horse, Galloping Claude; and the Holy Rollers, “a popular compilation of religious rock opera”.
” — the title of his autobiography, published in 2007.
Aged six he was the “shining light” of his kindergarten country dancing class.
At the start of the 20th century there were about 100 piers in England and Wales, many of them with theatres.
Now there are around 50, but only a few still have theatres, and the majority of these tend to host “potty-mouthed” comedians who offer something that cannot be seen on television.
The pier at the Norfolk seaside resort of Cromer remains the sole exception.
Marlowe arrived at the pier pavilion in 1982 at the invitation of the impresario Dick Condon, who had been hired by the local district council to take over the Cromer summer show, then in its death throes.
Rodney is survived by his mother, Myrtle Joann (Ernest) Sanborn of Lincoln; girlfriend, Ruth Musil of Glennie and her 2 children, 3 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild; his siblings, Ronald Frasher of Hale, Roger (Joan) Frasher of Glennie, Brenda (Darrell) Busch of Glennie, Kathy (Tom) Inman of Glennie, Cindy Lawrence of Glennie, Glen (Lisa) Sanborn of Lincoln, Roy (Denise) Sanborn of White Lake, and Walter (Vicki) Sanborn of Tawas City; sister-in-law, Irma Frasher of Auburn; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The local press was ecstatic, the Norfolk Journal going so far as to declare the show “the theatrical event of the summer.
Alongside Glyndebourne and Stratford is the name Cromer.” Over the next 17 years Marlowe developed the Summer Special (“sights, sounds, laughs and magic”) into an attraction drawing in coach loads from all over the region — and connoisseurs of greasepaint from further afield.
Glennie, Michigan February 25, 1959 - March 27, 2018 Rodney G.
Frasher, age 59, of Glennie, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at his home.
He was born on February 25, 1959 in Hale, MI to Freeman & Myrtle (Parent) Frasher.