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Final preparations being made for Cromer's Vintage 1960s Festival

PUBLISHED: 16:58 28 March 2019 | UPDATED: 07:54 29 March 2019

Cromer Chamber of Trade Chairman Sam Grout (left) and fellow local shop owners mirroring the Beatles' famous Abbey Road album cover.
Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer Chamber of Trade Chairman Sam Grout (left) and fellow local shop owners mirroring the Beatles' famous Abbey Road album cover. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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Organisers of Cromer Pier's Vintage 1960s Festival are putting the finishing touches to the event which is predicted to bring up to 10,000 people to the town.

Cromer Chamber of Trade Chairman Sam Grout (centre) and fellow local business owners gear up for the town's 1960s Festival.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLCromer Chamber of Trade Chairman Sam Grout (centre) and fellow local business owners gear up for the town's 1960s Festival. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Saturday’s festival will see a 1960s Routemaster bus transport passengers to the event from Holt and Sheringham.

Cromer Pier box office and retail manager Deb Lewis, who is leading the team organising the event, said the response had been “tremendous”.

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“We have had an amazing amount of interest from day one and we’ve tried to keep that going,” she added.

“The sixties was a time when there were huge steps forward in terms of freedom, music and fashion, and thing about bringing it back to life is that it is something that everybody can connect with.”

There will be vintage and food stalls on the pier, a dance display, live music and a vintage vehicle display on the promenade.

Town traders will be donning 1960s costumes and running a shop window competition, while festival-goers can bid for a red Fender-style electric guitar signed by sixties legends including Herman’s Hermits and The Seekers, see an authentic 18ft-long racing car used in the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and snap a selfie with an original 1960s Dr Who Dalek or Cyberman.

An ‘audience with’-style event at 11am will see pirate radio DJs Keith Skues, Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day, Nick Catford, Peter ‘Chicago’ Murtha and Peter Phillips, share their memories of rocking the airwaves on Radio Caroline.

Daytime events conclude a close at 4pm with a performance by X-Factor runner-up Andy Abraham, while a sold-out finale at 8pm featuring a West End cast perform All Or Nothing: The Mod Musical.

Ms Lewis said it was hoped the festival, which was first held on a smaller scale in 2017, would grow to become a two-day annual event.

“We have already had people interested from as far as Manchester and we’ve got a scooter club coming from Leicester, so I think it will eventually bring people in to Cromer from all over the country,” she added.

The vintage Routemaster bus will pick passengers up from Holt war memorial at 10.15am and from Sheringham station at 10.45am, arriving at Cromer Parish Church at 11am. The bus returns to Holt from the church at 4.30pm. Tickets, priced £7 return, available from the pier box office on 01263 512495 or from www.cromerpier.co.uk

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