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There’s music in the air as “best gig on the North Sea” returns to Cromer

PUBLISHED: 17:59 12 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:59 12 May 2018

From left, Marion Fleetwood, Anna Ryder and Sally Barker, who's band Iota played at the Pavilion Theatre as part of Cromer's Folk on the Pier festival. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

From left, Marion Fleetwood, Anna Ryder and Sally Barker, who's band Iota played at the Pavilion Theatre as part of Cromer's Folk on the Pier festival. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

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“The best gig on the North Sea” is how musician Dave Pegg once described Cromer’s Folk on the Pier festival.

Ashley Hutchings and the band Morris On playing at the Pavilion Theatre as part of Cromer's Folk on the Pier festival. Picture: STUART ANDERSONAshley Hutchings and the band Morris On playing at the Pavilion Theatre as part of Cromer's Folk on the Pier festival. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

And that it is likely the only gig on the North Sea, said Jenni Randall, one of the backstage crew who was at the first Folk on the Pier 20 years ago, is beside the point.

Music has filled the seaside town this weekend for the anniversary event. With the action centred around the pier, there is also an extensive fringe programme with gigs at venues including pubs and cafes.

Ms Randall, who organised a charity ‘Kinder Shores’ gig to kick off the festival on Thursday night, said this year’s event was something special.

She said: “Many of the bands that are playing are bands that have been here over the past 20 years, so there are lots of familiar faces. Over the years it has developed and become a fixture in the town’s calendar. It’s the only folk festival at the end of a pier!”

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