Cromer carnival to turn back the clock
Old fashioned home-made fun is making a comeback at Cromer carnival as it marks a 40-year milestone.Organisers are looking to bring back previously popular events such as raft racing, dwile-flonking, piano-smashing, and knobbly knee competitions - if there is enough interest from people wanting to take part.
Old fashioned home-made fun is making a comeback at Cromer carnival as it marks a 40-year milestone.
Organisers are looking to bring back previously popular events such as raft racing, dwile-flonking, piano-smashing, and knobbly knee competitions - if there is enough interest from people wanting to take part.
And the anniversary celebrations are also seeking to trace as many former carnival queens as possible for a reunion and to star on a float in the parade.
Chairman Tony Shipp said: 'The early carnivals were founded on self-made entertainment and local participation, and even some of the younger carnival committee members thought it would be a good idea to bring some back for the anniversary, although not all of them knew what dwile-flonking was.'
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But the committee needs to know if there is support from individuals and teams keen to take part, and some feedback was needed before they were committed to the carnival programme.
Some of the events would have to take place outside the main carnival week, which was already packed with events. They could happen during the children's weeks or on Sunday afternoons in June or July in the lead up.
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Other possible events included bed-making - the chambermaids' chance to show off their skills from the local hotel industry, much like the long-running waiters' races which are still part of the programme.
Barrel rolling, Record Breakers and a magic lantern show of old Cromer slides are also options.
The committee is keen to hear about other events people would like resurrected. They also want to contact any former committee members, who are being invited to join the fun on the Sunday of carnival week.
And previous carnival queens are being invited to carnival day, August 19, for lunch, a tour of the displays and ride in the procession.
This year's queen will be chosen at Cromer Pier Pavilion on Friday June 5 at 7.30pm (winner's prize �200, senior attendant �150).
Two junior attendants aged 13-16 will be chosen at The Cottage, Louden Road, on Tuesday June 9 at 7.30pm.
The prince and princess will be packed at the Pier Forecourt on Sunday June 14 at 3pm. All entrants must live within four miles of Cromer church.
For more information contact carnival vice-president John Hedge on 01263 514251 (4pm-6pm) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or make event suggestions through the website www.cromercarnival.co.uk
Miss Cromer over the years
1971 Angela Wilde
1972 Lyn Medland
1973 Mandy Aldis
1974 Janice Lord
1975 Lyn Chesterfield
1976 Christine Sherger
1977 Kirsty Fields
1978 Tammy Lawrence
1979 Lois Moston
1980 Jackie Conisbee
1981 Jean Luckin
1982 Ingrid Marshall
1983 Nicki Ward
1984 Rachel Moore
1985 Jane Ridley
1986 Maxine Osborne
1987 Tina Denton
1988 Amanda Grinlington
1989 Nicola Mills
1990 Lisa Bumphrey
1991 Nicolette De Costa
1992 Sophia Emery
1993 Becky Geraldo
1994 Keira Bartlett
1995 Samantha Stanton
1996 Denise Lewis
1997 Louise Lawrence
1998 Amy Barrell
1999 Heidi Glover
2000 Moira Syrett
2001 Emily Turnbull
2002 Sarah Dennis
2003 Louise Hayward
2004 Lisa Bird
2005 Leanne Abery
2006 Hannah McDonald
2007 Sarah Williams
2008 Hannah Price