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Profits from Christmas cards of Cromer Pier BBC film set to benefit RNLI

PUBLISHED: 12:12 10 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:13 12 October 2018

These images will be sold as Christmas with 5pc of the profits going to the RNLI. Photo: Paul Macro

These images will be sold as Christmas with 5pc of the profits going to the RNLI. Photo: Paul Macro

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A Norfolk photographer has been inundated with hundreds of orders worth £1,000 after announcing the sale of Christmas cards of his photographs from the BBC film set on Cromer pier.

Paul Macro, from Sprowston, has raised more than �7,000 for local charities. Photo: Paul MacroPaul Macro, from Sprowston, has raised more than �7,000 for local charities. Photo: Paul Macro

Paul Macro, a photographer from Sprowston, produces a range of calendars and Christmas cards of Norfolk scenes, inspired by the county’s wildlife and coastline.

He was inspired to add the Cromer shots to his range after spotting the lights and reflections in the water, while shooting on Cromer beach after dark while the BBC set for the mystery film shoot was lit up on the town’s pier.

Mr Macro, 44, said: “The main reason I went was to get a Christmas shot for this year’s calendar.

“I arrived and soon realised the front was heaving with people with cameras so I just headed down to No 1 Cromer to get a shot side on, and then thought I’ll see if I can get on to the beach.

Cromer Pier lit up for the BBC filming. Photo: Paul MacroCromer Pier lit up for the BBC filming. Photo: Paul Macro

“This was about 8 - 8.30pm.”

He added: “I’m not really sure when I decided to do them as Christmas cards. I already produce cards so it was easy to do.

“I just added them to the range.”

Mr Macro said he wanted to gauge people’s interest in the cards first, but, as soon as he posted about the cards on social media, he said: “I could barely keep up with the orders.

Cromer Pier in Paul Macro's book of Norfolk coastal photographs. Photo: Paul MacroCromer Pier in Paul Macro's book of Norfolk coastal photographs. Photo: Paul Macro

“The guy that prints them had to ask me if he needed to order more card.

“I think I’ve had 500 postcards and 500 Christmas cards ordered.

“It’s about £1,000 in total.”

And given the cards’ popularity, Mr Macro has now decided that 5pc of all the profits from their sale will be donated to the RNLI.

Mr Macro, who runs Paul Macro Photography, is also hoping to reach a total of £5,000 donated to the various charities his calendars support in 2018.

He said: “With every sale I donate £2 to charity.

“My target this year is £5,000 and we’re currently on £2,380.

“This is the fifth year of doing the calendars. Five years ago I had one Norfolk calendar and now I’ve got 25.

“Since 2014, I’ve raised a total of £7,000 for local charities.”

Mr Macro works with thirty charities, including Break, who he made a GoGo Hare’s calendar for.

In 2014 he raised £173, in 2015 £231, in 2016 £1221, and in 2017 £3,008, and he is planning his second book of Norfolk photos.

To order a Cromer Pier Christmas card, email info@paulmacro.com

• For more information, visit Paul Macro Photography’s website.

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