PUBLISHED: 15:16 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:30 17 July 2013
She has interviewed Mick Jagger, been a red carpet regular at the Oscars and become a familiar face and name on our TV screens. But for Nina Nannar, ITN news correspondent, there is one story she would love to cover . . . an investigation into why Norwich is just so great for vintage style!
“I love it – there are so many independent shops here and just so much great fashion. I’d be fascinated to know why there has been this real boom in vintage around the city.”
And a Norwich story would be perfect for the enthusiastic and accomplished journalist who has fallen in love with the city and made it her home, with husband, Steve, and their eight-year-old daughter Mimi.
“The whole Norfolk story started for us about five years ago when my friend Jayne Evans, who does the marketing for The Forum Trust in Norwich, had bought a caravan on the coast. When she told me I thought ‘This I must see!’ So we came up to Norfolk and discovered it was absolutely beautiful. We saw the coast and the next weekend we bought a caravan on the same site! In the end we were coming up from our home in London every weekend.
“My husband is a Kiwi and he really felt he wanted to be on a coastline. We looked around for houses and suddenly Norwich began to make sense as the place to be. We’ve now lived here for a year and a bit; we’re in the Golden Triangle and we can walk everywhere, Mimi can ride her bike and we just love it.
“Our friends have started looking differently at the city now. The Linehans (comedy writer Graham and his wife Helen, featured in February’s EDP Norfolk) came to visit us and then moved here too. What is there not to like?”
And Nina, who is an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust and for Sense International, has already become involved with life in the city, as a governor at the Norwich University of the Arts, a supporter of the Writers Centre Norwich and host of the East Anglian Book Awards with the EDP and Jarrold’s last year.
“It is an amazing time for Norwich – it really feels like this is your time,” says Nina, whose career has included working for the BBC at Pebble Mill, Midlands Today, Five Live and the Q-Asia quiz show on BBC2.
“My job has taken me to the Oscars seven or eight times, the Baftas – didn’t Norfolk’s Olivia Colman do well this year! – and the Brit Awards, although I am increasingly having to ask who the bands are.
“It is a real privilege to do a job like that and interview those personalities. One of my most amazing moments was standing in Michael Palin’s kitchen while he was talking to me about Life of Brian, which is one of my very favourite films. That is when it can all feel a bit unreal.”
“Evita at Norwich Theatre Royal will be just absolutely wonderful. The soundtrack is just about my favourite and it’s going to be a huge show.” (July 15-27.)
“I really will have to go to Sundown as I have followed (below) JLS for so many years! The X Factor shows were such a big phenomenon and really reintroduced the concept of Saturday night viewing, so I feel I have watched the JLS boys throughout their career.” (Norfolk Showground, September 1.)
“I’m looking forward to Sandringham Flower Show – my husband will enjoy that with his garden design business, Silver Fern Design.” (July 31.)
“I’m a huge Bond fan, so I’ll have to be at the Last Night of the Blickling Proms. One of my proudest moments was when I got to drive the Aston Martin from Goldfinger!” (Blickling Estate, August 10.)
“I’d love to see (right) Paul Weller and definitely (top right) Elvis Costello – don’t miss him! (Thetford Forest, July 12 and 13 respectively.)
“Thetford Forest is one of the first Norfolk places I knew of. I am from the Punjab and I grew up knowing the story of the last Maharajah, Duleep Singh, who bought the Elveden Estate. I contacted the estate to see if my mother and I could visit his grave, and we were thrilled when they said yes and the grandson of the Maharajah’s gamekeeper took us there. It was so moving – a mother and daughter from the Punjab standing at a beautiful church in the countryside, making pilgrimage to the Maharajah’s grave.”