Sir Norman Wisdom
After spending £1.3 million, pub operator JD
Wetherspoon is to open its new pub in Deal on Tuesday with the
creation of 45 jobs.
The Watford-based company’s latest business in Queen Street is
called The Sir Norman Wisdom and will be managed by Gavin
Originally it was going to be The Five Bells, but last month public
pressure in Deal prompted the pub chain to rename it after comic
actor Norman Wisdom, who was born in London in 1915, but grew up in
Known for his slapstick film roles in the 1950s and 1960s, famously
playing Norman Pitkin against frustrated boss Mr Grimsdale, he was
knighted in 2000. He died at a nursing home on the Isle of
Man, in October 2010, aged 95.
Photos and information boards relating to the history and
characters of the area are on display in the pub, with artwork
inspired by Deal legends, stories and events, including the “Shyppe
Swallower”, also known as the Goodwin Sands.
* For full story and photos of the new Sir Norman Wisdom see page
three of the East Kent Mercury, Thursday, February 28.
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