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Why is Norfolk so special? Readers have their say on 100-day countdown to Norfolk Day

PUBLISHED: 06:00 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:05 18 April 2018

It's 30 years since Happisburgh Lighthouse was saved by community action. Picture: Ian Burt

It's 30 years since Happisburgh Lighthouse was saved by community action. Picture: Ian Burt

Today marks the 100-day countdown to the first ever Norfolk Day on July 27. To celebrate people have said on social media why they think Norfolk is special.

Cyclists enjoying riding around the Holkham Estate for the Pedal Norfolk Cycling Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYCyclists enjoying riding around the Holkham Estate for the Pedal Norfolk Cycling Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Below is a list of 100 reasons why people think the county is great:

Shopping in Royal Arcade and Back of the Inns, Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLYShopping in Royal Arcade and Back of the Inns, Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

“Beautiful beaches, lovely towns.”

Norwich Cathedral at night.
Picture: Nick ButcherNorwich Cathedral at night. Picture: Nick Butcher

“Norfolk has something for everyone.” “The Happisburgh Lighthouse.”

Part of the action at the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. Picture: Courtesy the Thursford Christmas SpectacularPart of the action at the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. Picture: Courtesy the Thursford Christmas Spectacular

“Norfolk has given me terrific opportunities.”

Competitors in Run Norwich 2017 in the city centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYCompetitors in Run Norwich 2017 in the city centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“Great golf courses, such as Hunstanton, Cromer, Sheringham and Barnham Broom.”

People enjoying the sunshine on Wells beach. Picture: NIKKI HEDGESPeople enjoying the sunshine on Wells beach. Picture: NIKKI HEDGES

“The simple way of life.”

Norfolk Day LogoNorfolk Day Logo

“Norfolk has something for everyone. Norwich blends the old with the new. There are green fields with livestock and crops.

The Thursford Christmas Show. Picture: Ian BurtThe Thursford Christmas Show. Picture: Ian Burt

“I like the Broads and its waterways, wildlife and walks.”

The Cromer Pier Christmas Show. Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe Cromer Pier Christmas Show. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

“No matter where you are in Norfolk you’re never far from nature. There’s always something to see.”

The Cromer Pier Christmas Show. Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe Cromer Pier Christmas Show. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

“No motorway access, few dual carriageways, nice beaches, great beer and pubs that serve it. Quiet roads, history, fantastic scenery and beaches.”

A trade delegation, Exeter Connects, visit Leaf Expression Systems at Norwich Research Park. Dr Franziska Kellner talks about her work infiltrating agro bacterium in between individual cells in the leaf. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYA trade delegation, Exeter Connects, visit Leaf Expression Systems at Norwich Research Park. Dr Franziska Kellner talks about her work infiltrating agro bacterium in between individual cells in the leaf. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“The combination of beautiful countryside, a wealth of entertainment on Cromer Pier and lovely community spirit.”

A glorious morning at Wells harbour. Picture: GARY PEARSONA glorious morning at Wells harbour. Picture: GARY PEARSON

“I love my accent.”

An aerial view of the Norfolk Broads, Picture: JON WILLIAMSONAn aerial view of the Norfolk Broads, Picture: JON WILLIAMSON

“It’s a lovely place to bring up children.”

Wells beach. Picture: Ian BurtWells beach. Picture: Ian Burt

“Love the beach.”

The Blockheads performing at The Norwich Arts Centre. Picture: Marc BettsThe Blockheads performing at The Norwich Arts Centre. Picture: Marc Betts

“Norfolk has everything I need.”

“Friendly people, clean air, lovely countryside, beautiful rivers, a lively city and good food.”

“Relaxed approach, lovely people, a safe haven.”

“Great beaches, the Broads, pretty villages, Norwich Cathedral, country churches and my home.”

“Can’t beat the Norfolk coastline.”

“The people are as beautiful as the scenery.”

“I am lucky enough to live In Norfolk.”

“Quietness, different pace of life, and accents.”

“The best place to birdwatch.”

“Beautiful beaches and countryside.”

“A great place to grow up.”

“Everybody speaks when passing in the street.”

“Great walks, pubs and cafés.”

“The beaches, pretty towns, independent eateries, fresh air.”

“Time waits for everyone in Norfolk.”

“Nelson’s county.”

“Big skies and beautiful beaches.”

“We moved from London to Briston 12 months ago. We wanted to be part of a community where we could make a difference, where people spoke to each other and above all where we could be happy again.”

“Moved to Norwich from London 28 years ago and still completely love living in our fine city.”

“We cycled 80+ miles through the Norfolk coast roads and it was beautiful.”

“This county allows people to be themselves.”

“Our beautiful landscape.”

“Countryside, beautiful scenery, great produce, fantastic producers and the Duke’s Head Hotel.”

“Some of the best beaches in the country.”

“Amazing creative talent.”

“Norfolk has some amazing castles.”

“It’s an inspiring place to live.”

“Wonderful flat open spaces showing beautiful skies.”

“Our glorious rivers and open Broads.”

“It’s the best part of anywhere in UK. It’s the perfect place.”

“The river on the Broads in Horning.”

“Lovely beaches and scenery, the Broads, beautiful surroundings and nature.”

“Friendly people, always somewhere to explore, lovely beaches and brilliant birdwatching.”

“I love to visit Wells.”

“Being able to visit Sandringham.”

“Full of interesting history and beautiful gardens.”

“Most beautiful and peaceful county in the UK.”

“Acres of sandy beaches, wonderful pubs and restaurants.”

“Beautiful coast, lovely towns, historic city and amazing tourist attractions.”

“Best second-hand bookshops.”

“A beautiful county which offers a very diverse landscape. Some of the most stunning coastline in the UK.”

“The beautiful North Norfolk coast and those seals.”

“The history and heritage to beautiful habitats and wonderful nature.”

“I enjoy the variety of communities that are found around Norfolk.”

“Having two great universities and the science park.”

“There are so many places to have fun and be entertained.”

“The magnificent historic buildings, especially our cathedrals and churches.”

“Norfolk is amongst the world leaders in scientific research.”

“Global, national and local businesses, contributing to thriving commerce.”

“It’s a world-leading centre for life sciences, a beautiful tourist offer and home to a globally-important renewables sector.”

“We have two fantastic universities, a flourishing digital technology and ICT industry.”

“The food produced in Norfolk makes it easy to write incredible menus full of local produce.”

“We’re a huge secret and not many people outside of the county know about us.”

“We have some very high achieving areas of industry including agriculture, technology and science.”

“Our heritage and culture and natural assets.”

“This county has a special status in the United Kingdom.”

“Norfolk is truly unique.”

“We have so much to be thankful for living here.”

“We have a strong agricultural heritage but we also have growing strengths in bioscience and advanced manufacturing.”

“There is a huge amount of dynamism and energy.”

“We’ve got great things here in Norfolk.”

“Everything on our doorstep.”

“There’s a big community spirit.”

“We’re fortunate to have a really active local farming community.”

“Norfolk is renowned for producing some amazing shellfish, pork, lamb and vegetables.”

“Norfolk is a place to make friends.”

“There’s a huge array of wildlife in Norfolk.”

“Opportunities for creativity.”

“The energy and commitment of the people.”

“The great food and shopping.”

“So many great towns to explore.”

“Norwich City truly are the best football club in the land.”

“Many music choices.”

“Amazing running routes.”

“Safe, friendly and so many things to do and see.”

“We know it’s great here; others don’t – yet.”

“We need to celebrate where we are from, what we have and what we can be.”

“Norfolk has many innovative and forward thinking businesses.”

“It has one of the country’s biggest tourism sectors.”

“We all know that it is a great place to live and work.”

“We have a diverse and dynamic business community.”

“Norfolk should be very proud of our successes.”

“We are lucky we have an amazing medieval city.”

“We’ve got a thriving industry as well as some great new businesses.”

“We have a great new businesses and a fantastic arts scene.”

“Norfolk is special for so many reasons.”

“New and exciting developments.”

To share your ideas on how you plan to celebrate Norfolk Day email norfolkday@archant.co.uk, tweet @norfolk or log on to the Norfolk Day Facebook group.

Please provide a brief description of the event, locations, times, prices and a contact name and number.

Norfolk Day online shop

An online shop has been launched selling Norfolk Day marketing material which event organisers can display on the day.

The shop is selling a four-pack of flags, four-pack of A3 posters and 20 balloons at £4, while 5m of bunting is £7.50.

Celebration packs containing all of the above are available for £15.

Norfolk Day takes place on Friday, July 27 and is intended as a day of fun in which individuals, community groups and businesses are encouraged to get involved by hosting or participating in events.

The initiative was launched by the EDP and Norwich Evening News in partnership with BBC Radio Norfolk and has the backing of business and community organisations who are planning events for the day.

Details of events will be revealed in the newspaper, online and via social media.

To order Norfolk Day materials, visit the Norfolk Day shop.

Estimated delivery time is 28 days.

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