Crowds turn out in force for ninth annual Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival

Lobster hats on display at SheringhamPhoto: KAREN BETHELL

Lobster hats on display at SheringhamPhoto: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Non-stop sunshine brought crowds out in force for the ninth annual Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival, held across the two towns on Saturday and Sunday.

Chefs in action at the cookery theatre on Evington LawnsPhoto: KAREN BETHELL

Chefs in action at the cookery theatre on Evington LawnsPhoto: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Hundreds turned out at Cromer on the opening day, to see local chefs in action at an open-air cookery theatre, browse more than 50 stalls and sample locally-produced food ranging from artisan bread, to pickles and preserves.

Other attractions included music from north Norfolk groups the Seaside Strummers and the Old Wild Rovers, a crab lucky dip, charity stalls, children's entertainment from Razz and Auntie Pearl and Rollo the Clown and fringe events including a lighthouse trail around the town and a gardening festival at North Lodge Park.

Fishing boats lining the high street at SheringhamPhoto: KAREN BETHELL

Fishing boats lining the high street at SheringhamPhoto: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Festival-goers also had a chance to try their hand at crab dressing at a stand run by Julie Davies, of Davies Fish Shop, with a heritage marquee boasting displays by Paston Heritage Society and the Friends of Cromer Museum, a rope-making demonstration by Des and Liz Pawson, from Ipswich, and a gansey knitting demonstration by Rita Taylor, of Saxthorpe.

Sheringham joined in the fun on Sunday, with carnival events manager Graham Deans and his team organising fishing heritage displays, stalls on the prom and entertainment from the Sheringham Shantymen and jazz band the Foreign Locals.

The cookery theatre at CromerPhoto: KAREN BETHELL

The cookery theatre at CromerPhoto: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant


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Fishing boats also lined the high street, with town cafes and restaurants serving up seafood specialities as part of a competition to create the best festival-themed dish.

Mr Deans, who owns the Lobster pub and bed and breakfast, said the event had exceeded expectations.

The Foreign Locals on stage at the Lobster pub, SheringhamPhoto: KAREN BETHELL

The Foreign Locals on stage at the Lobster pub, SheringhamPhoto: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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'We wanted to promote the fishing heritage of the town and raise the profile of the fishing industry and, judging by the number of people who have turned out, it has been a big success,' he added.

Sunday events at Cromer included market stalls, music, and a competition to find Cromer's best dressed crab, as well as a closing barbecue, bar and band.

Retired fisherman William Cox demonstrating the art of crab pot-making at CromerPhoto: KAREN BETHELL

Retired fisherman William Cox demonstrating the art of crab pot-making at CromerPhoto: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Cromer carnival chairman Tony Shipp said: 'The whole thing has gone very well, the weather has been perfect and although we expected a lull during the royal wedding, that didn't happen and we have had good crowds all weekend.'

Rope-making in Cromer's heritage marqueePhoto: KAREN BETHELL

Rope-making in Cromer's heritage marqueePhoto: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Browsing the 50-plus stalls at CromerPhoto: KAREN BETHELL

Browsing the 50-plus stalls at CromerPhoto: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

The Seaside Strummers entertaining crowds at CromerPhoto: KAREN BETHELL

The Seaside Strummers entertaining crowds at CromerPhoto: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

The Seaside Strummers entertaining crowds at CromerPhoto: KAREN BETHELL

The Seaside Strummers entertaining crowds at CromerPhoto: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Tucking in to some local fare at Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival Photo: KAREN BETHEL

Tucking in to some local fare at Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Have-a-go crab dressing at CromerPhoto: KAREN BETHELL

Have-a-go crab dressing at CromerPhoto: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Rope-making in Cromer's heritage marqueePhoto: KAREN BETHELL

Rope-making in Cromer's heritage marqueePhoto: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

The crab lucky dip at Evington Lawns, CromerPhoto: KAREN BETHELL

The crab lucky dip at Evington Lawns, CromerPhoto: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

East Coast Pirates Stephen and Melanie FishpoolPhoto: KAREN BETHELL

East Coast Pirates Stephen and Melanie FishpoolPhoto: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Gansey knitting with Rita TaylorPhoto: KAREN BETHELL

Gansey knitting with Rita TaylorPhoto: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

The crab lucky dip at Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The crab lucky dip at Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Artisan bread on sale at CromerPhoto: KAREN BETHELL

Artisan bread on sale at CromerPhoto: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Joint Crab and Lobster Festival president Hilary Cox sporting a Cromer-themed hat Photo: KAREN BETHE

Joint Crab and Lobster Festival president Hilary Cox sporting a Cromer-themed hat Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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