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Chairman’s letter: ‘Support for carnival was brilliant’

PUBLISHED: 16:42 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:42 16 October 2018

This year's Cromer Carnival 'royal family', from left, Jack Annison, Melissa Lemmon, Emma Thompson,  Amy Gibson, Angel Jablonowski and Mercedes Howe. Picture: ANDREAS YIASIMI

This year's Cromer Carnival 'royal family', from left, Jack Annison, Melissa Lemmon, Emma Thompson, Amy Gibson, Angel Jablonowski and Mercedes Howe. Picture: ANDREAS YIASIMI

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May I take this opportunity to thank all who have supported Cromer Carnival this year.

After a long period of settled weather, with cloudless skies and high temperatures during June and July, the weather forecasts were more unsettled for early August.

However,it remained warm and with only the occasional shower.

This enabled us to complete this year’s programme without having to cancel any of the events.

My thanks must go to the carnival team and their helpers, who enable the carnival activities to go ahead.

Once again all events in the programme were almost entirely sponsored by local businesses.

They along with those who advertise in the carnival programme and on banners, are a major source of income for the carnival.

My committee work hard all year round to put the programme together and it is satisfying for them that residents and visitors are enjoying the activities provided in the programme.

Each year there are changes in regulations and the legislation that affects the carnival and other public events.

My committee are thankful to the officers at North Norfolk District Council who, not only, keep us up to date with these and the filling in of new paperwork associated with them, but also allow us use of their property in many parts of the town. Our thanks must also go to Cromer Town Council for their support and Norfolk Constabulary, again for there help advice and input, given before and during carnival week.

Their assurances helped to maintain a relaxed atmosphere, which was apparent throughout carnival.

Cromer and, I’m sure, North Norfolk, has probably had a record breaking year in terms of the numbers of visitors.

Hopefully the businesses of Cromer have benefitted from this. There were large, but not record breaking crowds at most of the events at the Runton Road showground.

Most would agree that the Red Arrows and the Fireworks displays on Wednesday and Thursday were two of the best we have seen. Perfect weather conditions saw huge crowds watch the carnival parade on Wednesday evening. Although the number of entries was down this year the quality of those that did enter was as usual of a very high standard. Perhaps you are all waiting to take part in next year’s 50th Anniversary Parade.

Children’s Weeks continue to be a popular part of our carnival activities thanks to the hard work put in by Libby and Ben and their teams of helpers. They put together an imaginative programme of new and traditional activities, which enhance the atmosphere for visitors to a small seaside town like Cromer.

I could go on and mention many more who are deserving of our thanks, but please accept this letter as a personal thank you all, for all of your help and support during the past carnival year.

Please continue to support your carnival. Next year’s 50th anniversary celebrations are already being planned. We would like you to be part of that.

TONY SHIPP MBE

Cromer Carnival Chairman

The Croft, Cromer

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