Plea for people to support businesses along the north Norfolk coast to help the area recover from the sea surge

North Norfolk District Council leader Tom FitzPatrick is urging people to support local businesses t

North Norfolk District Council leader Tom FitzPatrick is urging people to support local businesses to help the area recover from the sea surge damage. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

People are being urged to support businesses along north Norfolk's sea battered coastline to help the area's recovery.

Council leaders in the affected areas made a joint plea in the run up to Christmas.

Coastal communities such as Walcott while towns such as Sheringham and Cromer suffered damaged sea fronts and defences.

Most shops and businesses are unaffected, while others have been working hard to re-open, and council chiefs are urging people to show their support by helping local shops, restaurants, pubs and other businesses to have a great Christmas.

North Norfolk council lead Tom FitzPatrick said: 'North Norfolk was definitely battered and bruised by the surge tide and winds that hit our coast last week. However, our coastal residents are nothing if not resilient and the clear-up started straightaway. Some communities still remain badly affected and we are continuing to provide support and assistance to help them recover. Our inland areas escaped any damage.

'The majority of our coast is ready for visitors once again. The Christmas Seaside Special in the Pavilion Theatre on our iconic pier at Cromer has bounced back and is open and hosting visitors from across the country. Sheringham's Little Theatre is also in full swing. Promenades and beaches are re-opening and visitors are being made welcome.

'Right across North Norfolk, from Fakenham to Stalham on the Broads, we are gearing up to welcome visitors in the busy run up to Christmas and the New Year. We have free parking in council car parks on the two Saturday afternoons before Christmas to allow people an opportunity to get that special present, or just have a relaxing afternoon.

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'North Norfolk has over forty miles of beautiful coast, coupled with unspoilt inland countryside featuring tranquil villages and ancient churches; just the perfect place for getting away from everything and having a relaxing last-minute Christmas break. With 2014 just around the corner we look forward to visitors having us firmly in top spot for a great holiday next year. North Norfolk is back open and welcomes you.'

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