After 17 years in London working in the music industry, Paul Bryan, 43, visited Norwich to DJ at a club night organised by Chris Francis… and never went back to the Big Smoke. Norwich had a difference pace of life and offered Paul the opportunity to study for a BA in Fine Art at NUA, of which he is now in his final year. He’s just released a short film about Swedish singer Robyn and plans to study an MA next.
Chris, 35, came to Norwich in 2000 to study Mathematics at UEA. He was soon seduced by Norwich itself; its network of creatives, independent businesses, parties and music which fuels the heart of the city. Chris spent 10 years managing the online store for Philip Browne, and is now working as a receptionist for Flint and a party decorator at The Birdcage. He volunteers at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital, where he hopes to continue working with dementia patients.
Together, Paul and Chris are busy planning their wedding next year. They love shopping at Soundclash and Loose’s Emporium and coffee at Strangers. In quieter moments, they enjoy sitting in St Peter Mancroft Church or on a bench near Norwich Castle.