Crabs and lobsters on the move

Hitching a lift on a road train and being towed into place by a lifeboat crew - the crab and lobster models which are appearing across north Norfolk are choosing some unusual modes of transport to get around.

Hitching a lift on a road train and being towed into place by a lifeboat crew - the crab and lobster models which are appearing across north Norfolk are choosing some unusual modes of transport to get around.

Over this weekend people in the towns of Sheringham and Cromer may have been forgiven for casting a second glance after seeing two of the models, which form part of the Crab and Lobster Festival being held next month, on the move.

The crab sponsored by Cromer and District Chamber of Trade, was given a stylish lift in the seaside road train, from Foundations Estate Agent in Church Street, up to Virginia Court Hotel in Cliff Avenue, where it will stay for the duration of the festival.

Tracey Khalil from Foundations, said: 'The only other way would have been to walk though the streets with him, as it was too awkward to get him into a car. We just thought the road train would be a good way of getting him up to the hotel.'


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And on Sunday the lobster sponsored by design company Folio, National Trail and Norfolk County Council, was hoisted up to the summit of Beeston Bump with the help of the crew from Cromer Lifeboat Station.

Secured into place with chain links and stones, the lobster has prime position overlooking the coast line between the two towns.

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Artist Claire Knight from Alby, who designed the lobster, which has the title of 'Come Walk With Me', said: 'I am really pleased to see him up here on Beeston Bump. I hope, as it is half-way between the two towns, it will encourage people to walk between Cromer and Sheringham and also to take part in some of the National Trail walks.'

In total, 82 giant model crabs and lobsters have been placed in various locations and business in the two towns, and some further afield in north Norfolk, to form The Crustacea Crawl, which was launched last week and which is hoped, will bring tens of thousands of visitors to north Norfolk over the next six weeks.

The crawl culminates in the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival, taking place from May 21-23.

On May 30, all the models will be auctioned off to raise money for Help for Heroes and Sheringham and Cromer's RNLI lifeboat stations.

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