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Reader Column: Cromer people selflessly give so much

Andreas Yiasimi. Picture: Chris Taylor Photo

Andreas Yiasimi. Picture: Chris Taylor Photo

(C) Chris Taylor Photo

In our latest column, town and district councillor and photographer Andreas Yiasimi talks about why he loves Cromer.

See www.enjoycromermore.co.uk for more columns from well-known Cromer personalities.

When my family moved here over 37 years ago, it was love at first sight. Captivated by beautiful coastline and amazing people.

For my Cypriot parents it was like home from home and they immediately endeared to lifestyle very similar to their childhood. Grand-papa was a shepherd and worked the land so rural surroundings were already in the blood.

The Gem of the Norfolk coast has inspired my writing and photography, with it’s stunning scenic backdrop. The spirit of it’s people and heritage are the backbone of Norfolk’s remarkable character.

Community spirit is important, emphasised by folk who selflessly give so much. It’s such a pleasure to try and contribute the best way I can, however, I am a mere cog in the grand scale of things. It’s all about team work guided by amazing individuals like Tony Shipp chairman of Cromer Carnival and Crab and Lobster Festival. The list is long and I am sure you’ll understand, I embrace you all.

So much to talk about, so many voluntary groups and organisations unmentioned in this short introduction, I hear you say. Fear not, you all have a place in my heart and I’m leaving something to write about. This way we can focus on each of you in turn.

I often take time to rejuvenate life’s batteries along our coast, I have a very special spot along the cliff tops where I stop and give thanks, usually at sunset. I look across at the pier, tall church tower and town roof tops, echoing charming history and a thousand bygone memories.

It’s no wonder Cromer has been a vital source for poets and artists throughout time. My family owe so much to Cromer and its people, our family restaurant in East Runton has also been a meeting hub for everyone we have met concerning our music over the years.

Many of our musical compositions have been inspired by the sea and stunning landscape. My mother often says in her familiar Greek accent: “You can’t get greener than England.”

No truer word spoken, patchwork of fields creating the glorious tapestry, the very substance of endearing character. I hope that I’ll be able to share lots more over the coming Months.

I look forward to having a chat over a cuppa soon and telling you all about an exciting new website for the crab and lobster festival we’ve been working on.

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