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The real Nina givesher blessing; DELIGHTED FORMER 60s STAR THINKS WACKY CITY COUPLE ARE 'GREAT FUN'.

COVENTRY'S wackiest couple, Nina and Frederick, have won the blessing of one of their famous namesakes for their latest venture.

Baroness Nina Van Palandt, the former 60s singing star who topped the charts with hits like Little Donkey and Puff the Magic Dragon when she was one half of singing duo Nina and Frederik, now lives in retirement in Ibiza.

Coventry's Nina And Frederick, alias Triangle the-atre performers Carran Waterfield and Richard Talbot, travelled to the Mediterranean island to meet Nina and tell her about their new tour which takes a fond look at the 60s musical duo.

Carran said: "Nina is a fantastic and inspiring woman who is still very busily involved with voluntary social work. She is very supportive and thinks our Nina and Frederick are great fun."

Coventry's Nina and Frederick have made the headlines by setting up home in the foyer of the Belgrade Theatre, hosting their own city-style talk show and heading to Japan with their distinctive yellow luggage. They have also popped up in Edinburgh, London and Denmark.

The couple have built up a cult following and launch a new Nina And Frederick tour next week called Listen To The Ocean, which will take them to sheltered housing schemes in Coventry and north Warwickshire.

Nina Van Palandt, who is now in her 60s, likes the Coventry duo so much she has given her support to the project and has agreed to become Triangle's patron.

Carran said: "Nina is in her late 60s now and she is very excited about our bizarre and upbeat take on her work."

Carran will be putting on a long platinum blonde wig for the tour of 27 sheltered residencies. The project has backing from the National Lotteries Year of the Artist fund.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Atre, Marion Mcmullen
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 29, 2000
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