Cromer New Year’s Day fireworks organisers ‘delighted’ by turnout at 2019 event

New Year's Day 2019 fireworks over Cromer Pier. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

New Year's Day 2019 fireworks over Cromer Pier. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

Eyes were glued to the skies on New Year's Day in Cromer as thousands of people lined the seafront to enjoy the town's 20th annual fireworks spectacular.

Organisers were delighted with the turnout of 10,000 to 12,000 people at the packed event on Tuesday, January 1, which saw more than 3,000 fireworks, or £9,000 worth, set off from the end of the pier at 5pm, following a sold-out torchlight procession from Cromer Parish Church.

New Year's Day 2019 fireworks over Cromer Pier. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

New Year's Day 2019 fireworks over Cromer Pier. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

And Pat West, fireworks committee chairman said he was thrilled with the event.

New Year's Day 2019 fireworks over Cromer pier. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

New Year's Day 2019 fireworks over Cromer pier. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

Mr West, who took over from long-standing committee chairman Jim Bond to organise this year's 20th anniversary fireworks event, said: 'I'm absolutely delighted with the turnout and with all the great help we've got here in Cromer - it brings the community together.'

New Year's Day 2019 fireworks over Cromer Pier. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

New Year's Day 2019 fireworks over Cromer Pier. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

He added that despite the wind picking up, firework providers Titanium were 'fantastic' and said: 'They guaranteed me we'd have a display.'

New Year's Day 2019 fireworks over Cromer Pier. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

New Year's Day 2019 fireworks over Cromer Pier. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019


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New Year's Day 2019 fireworks over Cromer Pier. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

New Year's Day 2019 fireworks over Cromer Pier. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

The Cromer New Year's Day torchlight procession leaves the Church heading to the beach for the firew

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The free event has raised more than £55,000 for local charities since 2000, and this year included a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, with a moment of silence held before red fireworks were shot into the sky, dazzling the watching crowds.

Victoria and Lawrence Osborne with their son Lochlan, three, taking part in the Cromer New Year's Da

Victoria and Lawrence Osborne with their son Lochlan, three, taking part in the Cromer New Year's Day torchlight procession. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

Mr West said: 'We wanted to do something to mark the centenary of the First World War.

The Cromer New Year's Day torchlight procession leaves the Church heading to the beach for the firew

The Cromer New Year's Day torchlight procession leaves the Church heading to the beach for the fireworks. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

'We thought it was fitting to have red flowers floating on top of the water and a minutes silence before the main display as a moment of remembrance.'

Two-year-old Grace Shearing taking part in the Cromer New Year's Day torchlight procession. Picture:

Two-year-old Grace Shearing taking part in the Cromer New Year's Day torchlight procession. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

And carnival chairman Tony Shipp, who provided the voiceover at the fireworks, added: 'It's always a slightly different display as the weather conditions are never quite the same.'

Catherine Dolton and her daughter Lauren, six, taking part in the Cromer New Year's Day torchlight p

Catherine Dolton and her daughter Lauren, six, taking part in the Cromer New Year's Day torchlight procession. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

Celebrations marking the start of 2019 began earlier in the day, when runners lined up on the promenade for the one-mile family fun run - fancy dress encouraged.

Runners in the New Year's Day family fun run at Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Runners in the New Year's Day family fun run at Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

The race, which has categories for under 13s, 14 to 16-year-olds, and seniors, costs £1 to enter and is organised by North Norfolk Beach Runners.

Iris Clarke, 11, in second place in the New Year's Day family fun run at Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRA

Iris Clarke, 11, in second place in the New Year's Day family fun run at Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

It was won by visiting siblings 15-year-old Stanley and 11-year-old Iris Clarke, from Derby.

Winner of the New Year's Day family fun run at Cromer, Stanley Clarke, 15, and his sister, Iris, 11,

Winner of the New Year's Day family fun run at Cromer, Stanley Clarke, 15, and his sister, Iris, 11, who came second. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

Amanda Clarke, Stanley and Iris' mother, said: 'We visit Cromer every summer, and the last two years we've come at New Year with a big family group.

Runners in the New Year's Day family fun run at Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Runners in the New Year's Day family fun run at Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

'They won it last year but there were only a few people taking part as the weather was so bad.'

Runners in the New Year's Day family fun run at Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Runners in the New Year's Day family fun run at Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

The start of the New Year's Day family fun run at Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The start of the New Year's Day family fun run at Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

Stanley Clarke, 15, in the lead as he avoids the high tide waves over the wall during the New Year's

Stanley Clarke, 15, in the lead as he avoids the high tide waves over the wall during the New Year's Day family fun run at Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

A family taking part in the New Year's Day family fun run at Cromer, from left, John Allerhand, Chri

A family taking part in the New Year's Day family fun run at Cromer, from left, John Allerhand, Christian Kammerer, Marlena Brandt and Liliana Brandt. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

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