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 tony@shipp4412.fsworld.co.uk, 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

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