New Year’s Day fireworks dazzle the crowds on Norfolk coast
PUBLISHED: 19:28 01 January 2020 | UPDATED: 10:40 02 January 2020
Cromer has had a cracking start to the new year with a dazzling display of fireworks.
More than 10,000 people flocked to the north Norfolk resort for the annual New Year's Day event to mark the start of 2020.
An afternoon of events culminated in the firing of more than 3,000 fireworks into the skies from Cromer Pier.
Crowds cooed as the team from Titanium Fireworks let fly a stream of pyrotechnics in a display that lasted more than 10 minutes.
Richard Leeds, town mayor, said he was delighted with how the event had gone.
He said: "It means a lot for the town and the businesses. We have the iconic pier, and it's not often that you can see fireworks fired from it. The most important thing is that everyone enjoys themselves."
Earlier in the day the North Norfolk Beach Runners organised a one-mile family fun run, with many participants donning fancy dress.
There was also a torch-lit procession from the town's parish church to the clifftop.
The town had been buzzing all day with visitors flocking from across Norfolk and beyond. Shops, cafes and amusements were doing a brisk trade and long lines formed outside Cromer's popular chippies.
Tony Shipp, a fireworks committee member, said: "We've got some fireworks that weren't fired last year because of the wind.
"This year we've had the perfect conditions for it, only a little wind to push the smoke out to sea."
The event is free, but money raised during bucket collections goes towards funding the following year's fireworks, as well as supporting charities and organisations.
Tim Adams, event volunteer, said the fireworks had raised almost £63,000 over the past 20 years. Donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cromernewyearsdayfireworks.
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