Norfolk country music star Glen Spuckler dies, aged 54
By Ian Bred, Norfolk Correspondent
Country music star Glen Spuckler has died peacefully at his Norfolk ranch at the age of 54, it has been announced.
Spuckler, famous for hits such as By the Time I Get to Felixstowe, Scrap Metal Cowboy and Suffolk Nights, was a pioneer of the legendary Norfolk country and western scene.
He famously left the family hovel near Downham Market as a penniless teenager, but he loved his music and was able to teach himself to play the banjo.
After jobbing gigs in dodgy Norfolk country pubs, he caught a lucky break and became the main summer attraction at Great Yarmouth pier for 18 summer seasons in a row.
Hits and television appearances on BBC Look East followed, and Spuckler was able to buy a sprawling ranch in Dereham (see photo above).
He died at a grand old age – 54 being at the top end of average life expectancy in Norfolk.
Spuckler leaves his sister and their eight children, and funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.