High winds blow carnival crowning ceremony off course

Carnival queen Mollie Gallon with attendants Niamh Craske (left) and Caitlin Doran.Photo: KAREN BETH

Carnival queen Mollie Gallon with attendants Niamh Craske (left) and Caitlin Doran.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

High winds and rain put a dampener on Sheringham Carnival's crowning day celebrations, with a number of events cancelled and the 'royal' family having to gather under a beach shelter for the ceremony.

Carnival prince and princess Chester Coleman and Mollyanne Johnson.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Carnival prince and princess Chester Coleman and Mollyanne Johnson.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Carnival committee member Kim Glover, who has been involved with the annual event for 18 years, said organisers had planned to go ahead with the day's programme but were forced to scale it down, cancelling attractions including a Yak52 aerobatics display.

'We did quite well with the stalls, but they just kept getting blown away,' she explained. 'The weather just got the better of us and by lunchtime, they just had to give up and go home.'

Carnival prince and princess Chester Coleman and Mollyanne Johnson sitting on the 'royal' throne at

Carnival prince and princess Chester Coleman and Mollyanne Johnson sitting on the 'royal' throne at Sheringham Carnival crowning ceremony.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

A small crowd gathered to watch as town crier Andrew Cunningham led carnival queen Mollie Gallon, attendants Caitlin Doran and Niamh Craske and prince and princess Mollyanne Johnson and Chester Coleman to a beachfront shelter, where they were crowned by local artist Colin Seal.

Mollie, 18, said: 'The weather could have been nicer, but I'm not at all disappointed, we had a lovely morning and we are all looking forward to the rest of the week.'

Carnival queen Mollie Gallon and attendant Caitlin Doran brave high winds on their way to the crowni

Carnival queen Mollie Gallon and attendant Caitlin Doran brave high winds on their way to the crowning ceremony.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Carnival attendant Niamh Craske arriving at the crowning ceremony.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Carnival attendant Niamh Craske arriving at the crowning ceremony.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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Local aritst Colin Seal crowning the 'royal' family.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Local aritst Colin Seal crowning the 'royal' family.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Local aritst Colin Seal crowning the 'royal' family.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Local aritst Colin Seal crowning the 'royal' family.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Carnival queen Mollie Gallon and attendants Niamh Craske (left) and Caitlin Doran make their way to

Carnival queen Mollie Gallon and attendants Niamh Craske (left) and Caitlin Doran make their way to the prom for the crowning ceremony.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

The carnival 'royal' party make their way to a beachfront shelter for the crowning ceremony.Photo: K

The carnival 'royal' party make their way to a beachfront shelter for the crowning ceremony.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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