Ideas for Norfolk Day celebrations roll in
PUBLISHED: 07:16 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:56 23 February 2018
Ideas and suggestions for ways in which county residents and businesses plan to celebrate Norfolk Day have been as varied as they have been exciting.
The official Norfolk Day email has been inundated with messages on how people plan to spend the day on July 27.
The North Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust said it wanted to join in the celebrations by giving people the opportunity to cruise along the North Walsham and Dilham Canal.
“This will enable trippers to boat part of this heritage industrial gem of North Norfolk, and Norfolk’s only sailing canal with locks, that is under restoration at the moment.”
Ben Adams, who said he was Norwich born and “very proud of our fine city and county” messaged: “My Norwich based digital advertising company would love to help promote Norfolk Day on our digital screens across Norwich.”
Pat Dorrie from Mattishall suggested a competition where teams or individuals would have to visit well known spots around the county with the start and finish in Norwich.
She said various locations could be selected such as a pier, a pub or boatyard on the Broads.
“The participants would then research the locations thereby discovering more about the county themselves. They would then plan their route between their chosen locations and submit it to the organisers.
“The winners could either be the first back or whoever visited the most locations.”
Helen Baldry, communications officer at St Martins Housing Trust said they were giving thought on how to get involved. “Homelessness, rough sleeping and poverty is clearly not something to celebrate – ever, let alone on Norfolk Day – but if there is a way we can provide stories and information to showcase positive outcomes, we would be very happy to be part of it.”
Deborah Copage, a member of Reepham and District Photography Club, had an idea to invite all amateur photographic clubs in Norfolk to produce photos for a Norfolk exhibition on the day.
“This would not only bring all the photographic clubs together but also promote the lovely areas Norfolk has to offer.”
• To share your ideas on how you plan to celebrate Norfolk Day, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Swaffham councillor to be Breckland’s Norfolk Day champion
Swaffham resident and district councillor Ian Sherwood has agreed to become Breckland’s ‘Norfolk champion’ for Norfolk Day.
Mr Sherwood, who represents Swaffham ward, said he would be delighted to fly the flag for the district as part of the celebrations of all things Norfolk, to take place on Friday, July 27.
At a budget and council tax setting meeting on Thursday, February 22, Mr Sherwood asked the council’s deputy leader, Councillor Sam Chapman-Allen, if the authority would get behind Norfolk Day, which is being supported by the EDP, its sister papers and BBC Radio Norfolk.
Mr Chapman-Allen told him: “I know that you are a champion of all things Norfolk and Breckland is at the heart of all things Norfolk.
“I look forward to that day and all it entails. Would you consider being our member champion?”
Mr Sherwood said it would be “a privilege” to be the Norfolk Day champion for Breckland.
• Find out more about Norfolk Day on Twitter at @Norfolk and by using the hashtag #NorfolkDay, and in our new Norfolk Day Facebook group.