Blue skies and sunshine as Cromer Carnival gets off to a successful start
PUBLISHED: 17:05 17 August 2019 | UPDATED: 17:16 17 August 2019
Cromer Carnival got off to a successful start on Saturday, with blue skies and sunshine bringing out crowds in their hundreds for a day of attractions ranging from a dog show and a craft fair, to a bake-off competition and a car boot sale.
Carnival field visitors also had a chance to buy a newly-launched booklet marking the 50th anniversary of Cromer Voluntary Entertainments Organisation, which re-introduced the annual event in 1969.
Penned by carnival chairman Tony Shipp, who is marking his 35th year at the helm, the 80-page commemorative booklet charts the history of the carnival from its beginnings in the 1970s and features photographs brought along to two drop-in mornings held earlier this year.
Mr Shipp, who first became involved in the carnival as children's event organiser in 1971, said committee members and volunteers were looking forward to a week of fun for all the family.
He added: "It is a lot of hard work with all the setting up and paperwork, but seeing people turning up and enjoying themselves makes everything worthwhile."
Crowning day on Sunday (August 18), kicks off with a performance on the pier forecourt by father and son Britain's Got Talent stars Jack and Tim Goodacre.
TV star Bradley Walsh, who launched his career as a comedian in Cromer Pier Show, will be crowning Miss Cromer, Jessica Foster, her attendants and the carnival prince and princess at 12.30pm, with Mr Shipp also introducing more than 20 carnival queens from the last 50 years.
Other crowning day attractions on the carnival field include a children's fancy dress competition, and knobbly knees, bonny baby and glamorous grandmother competitions.
For more information, visit www.cromercarnival.co.uk
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