North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb put his reputation on the line today as he helped a local restaurateur to put together a coalition of flavours on day two of the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival.

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As the festival moved sideways along the coast from Cromer to Sheringham, the MP helped Andreas Yiasimi from Greek restaurant Constantia Cottage in East Runton to create a fishing boat seafood extravaganza - including scallops, prawns, lobster, crab and squid.

The crowd watching the show at the cookery theatre even broke into a dance at one point as Zorba the Greek was played.

Mr Lamb survived being splashed with oil when liberal quantities of wine were poured into the pot, and was proud of the final creation.

He said: “It was a fantastic experience working with Andy. I learned a lot - even if it was a bit scary at times.”

He added that he had attended the “wonderful” opening night festival variety show on Cromer Pier on Friday, and said: “The festival brings the towns together with the friendly rivalry that they both have.

“At a very difficult time, to get people out in the community enjoying themselves and coming together is a really good thing.”

The Sheringham celebrations saw High Street closed to traffic, with a host of market stalls lining the street and set up in the car park near The Crown.

Children’s activities, including face-painting and crab shell decorating, took place in the Oddfellows Hall on Lifeboat Plain.

As at Cromer yesterday, there was also lobster pot- and gansey-making, plus crab dressing, a climbing wall and street entertainment.

Festival joint president Noel Gant said: “It’s been absolutely super - in spite of the weather. The enthusiasm hasn’t waned a bit from the first year. People love the festival.”

Yesterday, the world pier-crabbing championship at Cromer was won for the second year running by Sammie Brumpton from Buxton.

The youngster kept his claws on the trophy by catching five crabs in one session - having mounted a day-long vigil on the pier to protect his title.

The winner of the prize for the largest crab was Kyle Berf, who was on a visit to Cromer with his grandparents from Lancaster. The winning crab was 9cm in diameter.

Festival chairman Tony Shipp said: “Yesterday stayed dry. The winds were chill and the skies were grey, but the atmosphere was warm and the colouring was bright.

“The entertainment went very well and the crab dressing was very popular. Overall, it was an excellent day.”

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