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Sheringham parade light years ahead of rival carnivals

PUBLISHED: 22:38 03 August 2016 | UPDATED: 22:57 03 August 2016

Overall fancy dress winners, the Ayers family. Photo: ALLY McGILVRAY

Overall fancy dress winners, the Ayers family. Photo: ALLY McGILVRAY

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A galaxy of stars turned out for one of the highlights of a seaside town’s summer festival.

A selection of photographs from the Sheringham Carnival Parade. For the official photographs, pick up a copy of the North Norfolk News. A selection of photographs from the Sheringham Carnival Parade. For the official photographs, pick up a copy of the North Norfolk News.

The Ayers family won the fancy dress competition at last night’s Carnival Parade in Sheringham, dressed as characters from blockbuster movie Star Wars, while the Dunstable Arms won the best pub category for their float, Monsters Rock.

And, with hundreds of well-wishers lining the street to show their support, event organisers claimed the turnout put them light years ahead of other festivals.

Sheringham town councillor Patricia Brooks, who helped with the judging, said: “Every year I think to myself: ‘It will never be better than the previous year’, because the people who come to our parade are mostly families and they spend so many months thinking about their costumes and what they’re going to do.”

But she added: “It was and I think that’s what sets us apart in Sheringham.”

A selection of photographs from the Sheringham Carnival Parade. For the official photographs, pick up a copy of the North Norfolk News. A selection of photographs from the Sheringham Carnival Parade. For the official photographs, pick up a copy of the North Norfolk News.

Among those taking part was Maggie Smee, who has been involved in the carnival for 42 years. She said: “We love it. Everybody is happy and it brings the whole community together.”

Cromer town crier Jason Bell used the night to pay tribute to Sheringham town crier Tony Nelson who is retiring after three decades of service. And Mr Nelson celebrated with a ride round the town on the back of a motorbike.

When asked what made the carnival special, Jeremy Stubbs, chairman of Sheringham Chamber of Trade, said: “The carnival brings so many families into the town, the population swells by thousands. I don’t know the exact numbers but it gives us full shops, full restaurants, and full bars which compensates for times like November when it’s not so busy.”


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