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

PUBLISHED: 08:36 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:36 21 May 2018

Lobster hats on display at Sheringham
Photo: 
KAREN BETHELL

Lobster hats on display at Sheringham Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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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 Lawns
Photo: KAREN BETHELLChefs in action at the cookery theatre on Evington Lawns Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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 Sheringham
Photo: KAREN BETHELLFishing boats lining the high street at Sheringham Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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 Cromer
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe cookery theatre at Cromer Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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, Sheringham
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe Foreign Locals on stage at the Lobster pub, Sheringham Photo: KAREN BETHELL

“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 Cromer
Photo: KAREN BETHELLRetired fisherman William Cox demonstrating the art of crab pot-making at Cromer Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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 marquee
Photo: KAREN BETHELLRope-making in Cromer's heritage marquee Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Browsing the 50-plus stalls at Cromer
Photo: KAREN BETHELLBrowsing the 50-plus stalls at Cromer Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The Seaside Strummers entertaining crowds at Cromer
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe Seaside Strummers entertaining crowds at Cromer Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The Seaside Strummers entertaining crowds at Cromer
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe Seaside Strummers entertaining crowds at Cromer Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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

Have-a-go crab dressing at Cromer
Photo: KAREN BETHELLHave-a-go crab dressing at Cromer Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Rope-making in Cromer's heritage marquee
Photo: KAREN BETHELLRope-making in Cromer's heritage marquee Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The crab lucky dip at Evington Lawns, Cromer
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe crab lucky dip at Evington Lawns, Cromer Photo: KAREN BETHELL

East Coast Pirates Stephen and Melanie Fishpool
Photo: KAREN BETHELLEast Coast Pirates Stephen and Melanie Fishpool Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Gansey knitting with Rita Taylor
Photo: KAREN BETHELLGansey knitting with Rita Taylor Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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

Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival Photo: 
KAREN BETHELLCromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival Photo: 
KAREN BETHELLCromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival Photo: 
KAREN BETHELLCromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Artisan bread on sale at Cromer
Photo: KAREN BETHELLArtisan bread on sale at Cromer Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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

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