Television comedians Whitehouse and Mortimer tuck into meat pie while filming for BBC
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Television funnymen Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer got a warm Norfolk welcome on a trip to Sheringham for a BBC show.
The pair were filming their BBC2 show Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, which, now in its third series, sees them tour the country's top fishing spots, sharing laughs, life stories and hilarious anecdotes along the way.
Former University of East Anglia student Paul is an experienced fisherman who spent time catching roach in the River Wensum as a child, while Bob started the programme as a novice.
The first episode of Gone Fishing - screened in June 2018 and partly shot at Lenwade Lakes - saw the friends glamping at Weston Longville and enjoying meals at the Fox pub, at Lyng, near Dereham.
They returned to the county to fish in the Wensum later in the year and, in spite of some wet and windy weather seemed pleased to be back in Norfolk again this week.
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After filming along Sheringham's clifftops and promenade, Bob and Paul dropped in to the Tyneside Club, in Station Road, for a helping of cook Dee Mavin's famous meat pie, followed by treacle sponge and custard.
Club secretary Mo Thompson described the lifelong pals as "friendly, chatty and down to earth".
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But the pair were almost charged a 50p non members fee after they were mistaken for locals.
"I didn't recognise them at first and nearly made them pay for being non-members," she said. "I asked them if they were from Sheringham as they looked so familiar, but as soon as Bob said that I might recognise them from the TV, I realised straight away who they were."
Mrs Thompson, who has been a member at the Tyneside for more than 20 years, added that staff tried to keep the comedy pair's visit "low key" so they could enjoy their meal.
"They seemed to really like it and took photographs of the food," she said. "We tried not to bother them, but they were so friendly they even stayed afterwards to watch the football and chat to customers."
The third series of Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing will be screened on BBC2 next summer. All episodes of series one and two are available on BBC iPlayer.