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Star Buys: Chris Evans

Ginger hut

So, Chris Evans, his wife Natasha Shishmanian and their son, Noah, are living on Shoreham Beach. Well, not exactly on the beach but in a property there. And since moving down they have taken helicopter lessons at Shoreham Airport, with Evans gaining his helicopter Private Pilots Licence back in January 2008. He now owns his own helicopter, a Robson we believe, and flies himself up to London to do his show each day.

Evans sold his old home – part of the 172-acre Hascombe Court estate in Godalming – to Anthea Turner. Set in a secluded 38 acres of Surrey countryside, this is the beautiful £3.2million farmhouse where the DJ invited ex-wife Billie Piper to stage her wedding reception after her marriage to actor Laurence Fox.

It is thought that he also offered his ex-wife the use of the Lickfold Inn which Evans’s company, The Mulberry Group, owns. It’s been said that Evans offered either of his pubs as a wedding reception venue to Miss Piper – who after their divorce said they would be “best mates for life”. How sweet is that?

Evans joins a few other stars down on the beach, a rather prettier affair than the stretch of pebbles in front of Portslade’s Millionaires Row, with a fabulous array of flora and fauna.

Boxer Scott Welch also lives on the beach as does ace guitarist and all round good bloke Richard Durrant. Richard, who lives down by the old fort, has a fantastic recording studio there and is very active on the local arts scene often appearing at the excellent Rope Tackle Arts Centre just over the River Adur.

If you keep your eyes peeled, you may even catch sight of the local
water-skiing vicar as he makes his way in his wet suit, sans dog collar,
along the estuary.

Bubble-haired pop pixie Leo Sayer is one of Shoreham’s most famous
sons but our last sighting of him was a few years back when he guested
at the Brighton Centre in the annual Holiday On Ice show singing all his hits.

In recent years Shoreham-by-Sea has certainly upped its game with a
good selection of eateries and bars, plus some proper old pubs, fashionable shops – like ultra stylish The Olive Tree – and, of course, what is arguably the best farmers’ market for miles around. No wonder the stars are lured down to our pebbly beaches.

Evans, who in pictures seems to get blonder and less ginger by the day
(is this a disguise?), certainly adds a little more lustre to our starry coastline.

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