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Cromer Carnival chairman thanks supporters and looks ahead to next year’s event

Tony Shipp, Cromer Carnival Chairman. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Tony Shipp, Cromer Carnival Chairman. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Before we get embroiled in all the activities running up to Christmas and New Year and the summer becomes a distant memory, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all involved with Cromer carnival. My committee have already started planning for Carnival 2018.

It’s success is down to the support that the carnival committee get from the town, especially all those businesses who both advertise and sponsor events in the programme.

I would also like to thank Cromer Town Council and North Norfolk District Council for their help and advice, the emergency services who all gives such fantastic support, but most of all, those volunteers who are part of the Cromer Voluntary Entertainments Organisation and the hundreds more who support and help during Carnival Week. The contribution that you give, however large, or small, makes Cromer Carnival possible.

Two very successful Children’s Weeks, only marred by heavy rain on two days during the second week, didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of those involved and the week ended on a high with a party on the Pier and the annual duck race.

The weather brightened up, and remained with us for the whole of carnival week. An added bonus for all of the outdoor activities, which make up a large part of the week.

Our Carnival Royal Party led by Carnival Queen, Phoebe Chambers, made an amazing contribution to the week.

We will always remember when the parade stopped to allow Cameron, boyfriend of Senior attendant Victoria Craske, to come out of the crowd and propose to her on the float. She accepted and it was very special moment for all of those watching, with lots of cheers and congratulations.

The parade this year was larger than in the past few years, filling the town with stunning array of colourful, imaginative and musical floats interspersed with walking fancy dress as it made it’s way round the parade route.

Many hours of thought and hard work by those who entered had once again proved successful.

This was all topped off by large crowds and a perfect summers evening.

Carnival week had started on the previous Saturday with a programme of events, any one of which would have been an annual event for many organisations.

The Country Fair on Monday built on the success of last year, with much more to see and do, involving heavy horse, fly fishing and casting, wood carving and cookery demonstrations.

Tuesday’s Family Day was the most successful yet: action-packed all the way, with lots of hands-on and joining in activities, and an aerial display by the Wildcats. Many families went away at the end of the day saying they hadn’t had time to complete them all. The evening saw a packed marquee for the annual bingo.

This eagerly awaited event attracts hundreds of followers. It is with grateful thanks to the Woolston and Pell families for organising the event as part of the carnival.

Carnival day was once again highlighted by The Red Arrows display, which not only brought visitors to the showground but many more thousands into the town...

There was a full programme of arena events, in addition to displays around the arena by the emergency services, the armed forces and many of our local organisations.

The daytime activities made way for the Grand Carnival Parade which, as already mentioned, was made up of a wonderful variety of floats and fancy dress.

Overall winners were the Cromer Parish Church with their float ‘The greatest Show on Earth.’

Outdoor events on the showground concluded on Thursday evening with the long awaited and greatly anticipated Firework Display, which did not disappoint.

Leading up to the fireworks early arrivals on the showground were treated to an aerial display of model aircraft flown by Mr Keith Whiddett and a display by the Cromer Fire Brigade, as part of which children were invited to use the fire hose.

The arrival of the Illuminated Parade with its illuminate floats and decorated umbrellas gave a magical touch to the evening.

Friday evening’s sell out Fancy Dress Dance was enjoyed by all who attended, with the shine taken off the week by events that followed that night and over the weekend.

These, however, should not detract from the fact that we had a brilliant carnival week with large crowds and almost perfect weather.

Tony Shipp MBE

Chairman

Cromer Carnival

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