Search

Cedric the 25ft sea serpent roars into life for Sheringham Carnival

08:54 13 April 2012

Residents at Shannock Court, Sheringham with the snake they knitted for Sheringham Carnival.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Residents at Shannock Court, Sheringham with the snake they knitted for Sheringham Carnival. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2012

Sammy the Sea Snake was one of the stars of last year’s Sheringham Carnival.

But this year, he is set to be upstaged by a new kid on the block - his cousin Oddball Cedric.

The 25ft beast has roared into life after six months of knitting and stitching by a dedicated team of people from Shannock Court in Sheringham.

He is made up of 350 knitted or crocheted squares from up to 100 balls of wool, and stuffed with 102 bags filled with 1,632 pages from the EDP and the North Norfolk News.

The project to knit Cedric came about when Shannock Court house manager Sharon Bowen spoke to Paula Popham from the carnival committee, who has put out a call for people to make “sons of Sammy”.

Mrs Bowen suggested residents at the sheltered housing complex could make a relative.

She said: “It started in October. The ladies who couldn’t knit, crocheted. At one point it was 12ft long, but by the time we had finished it was 25ft.”

Gladys Malme, the “team captain” for the knitters, said: “Sharon volunteered us to do it, and we were all knitting squares, crocheting or stitching them together.

“It was all hands on deck. We were asked for a 12ft serpent, but they kept knitting and knitting.”

The original 20ft Sammy was designed by James Hunter and Megan Sadler from Sheringham Primary School for last year’s events, including a raft race.

It was moored off the shore during carnival - but broke free in bad weather. Attempts to rescue it with a kayak failed, but a motor boat succeeded in towing it to safety on West Runton beach as it headed towards Cromer Pier.

Cedric will go into the carnival’s Sammy Sea Serpent Look-alike competition on August 1 and will join the parade on August 5.

Mrs Bowen said Cedric would be mounted on cradles, and some of the residents would pull him along with their mobility scooters.

1 comment

Other news

58 minutes ago
For one weekend only the village hall of Morston becomes the largest bookshop in the county to raise money for the village church.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Canny dealers mingled with holidaymakers and locals at a book sale which has become a major north Norfolk bank holiday attraction.

18:16
Nepalese brothers Thaman and Top Khadka have spoken of the their relief that their immediate family who are still in Nepal are safe and well after the earthquake which struck the country on 25th April killing over 7,000 people. They run the Nepalese restaurant The Bank in Sheringham with their family pictured from left Balkumari, Top, Raman, Rohit, Thaman and Pabitra.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A Nepalese man who lives in Sheringham has spoken of his relief on hearing that his immediate family are safe and well after the earthquake which struck there.

16:38
The hornbeams being felled on Norwich Road. Picture: WAYNE BEAUCHAMP

Hornbeam Road is among the confirmed names for the 176-home estate being built on North Walsham’s Norwich Road.

Members of the North Walsham Heritage Centre committee outside the Feather Pub in the town has bought the old pub and turn it into a heritage centre for the town pictured from left Joseph Ballard, Paul Oakes, Diana Velhagen Glynn Burrows and Rob Scammell.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A central North Walsham pub is set for conversion into a heritage centre next year.

Most Read

TV chef and owner of Morston Hall restaurant, Galton Blackiston, pictured with his business partners at the soon to be No'1 Fish and Chip shop in Cromer. Left to right, Chris Griffin, Spencer Gray and Galton's wife, Tracy.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

For more than two decades he has been known for his exclusive haute cuisine creations, served up in the luxury surroundings of the Michelin-starred Morston Hall.

Read more
14:01
Landlords of the Black Swan pub in North Walsham Kieran Rolph and Coady L-Rhys, pictured when it re-opened in March.

Picture: Mark Bullimore

North Walsham’s ill-fated Black Swan pub has closed again, less than two months after it re-opened.

Read more
North Walsham
Yesterday, 10:05
Soapbox racing action - like this shot from Tibenham in south Norfolk - will be coming to the streets of Cromer this summer. Picture: ARCHANT ARCHIVE

Soapbox racing cars will turn Cromer seafront in to a mini Monaco this summer.

Read more
Cromer
Yesterday, 09:44
Cromer Carnival 2015's royal family. From left: Phoebe Muirhead, Rebecca Morgan, Sophie Bernard-Smith, carnival queen Charlotte Crane, Danielle Dawson, Roisin Finnegan and Max Barron. Picture: DAVE 'HUBBA' ROBERTS.

Cromer Carnival’s “royal family”, like its national counterpart, now has a new princess.

Read more
Paston College
Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers' 2000th member Margaret Payne with founder Linda Brown (left) and committee member Kate Davis, who runs a knit and natter group at Sheringham library. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Charity organisation the Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers celebrated signing up their 2,000th member, at an open day held at the North Norfolk Wool Loft, based at Sheringham Community Centre.

Read more
Victory Housing Trust

Most Commented

14:01
Landlords of the Black Swan pub in North Walsham Kieran Rolph and Coady L-Rhys, pictured when it re-opened in March.

Picture: Mark Bullimore

North Walsham’s ill-fated Black Swan pub has closed again, less than two months after it re-opened.

Read more
North Walsham

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 10°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Norfolk News e-edition today E-edition