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And the winner of the World’s Best Crab Sandwich competition goes to...Looking back on the eighth Cromer and Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival

Henry's owner Philip Search, in red, and his son Henry, nine, with Cromer Mayor John Frosdick, left, and one of the judges,  Andreas Yiasimi: Picture: David Bale

Henry's owner Philip Search, in red, and his son Henry, nine, with Cromer Mayor John Frosdick, left, and one of the judges, Andreas Yiasimi: Picture: David Bale

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Beautiful weather helped make the eighth Cromer and Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival a record-breaking event.

The Crab and Lobster out and about at Cromer for the Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The Crab and Lobster out and about at Cromer for the Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

For the first time the festival’s venue in Cromer, Evington Lawns, hosted the World’s Best Crab Sandwich competition.

Eateries from across north Norfolk competed for the title, which was won by Henry’s coffee and tea store in Church Street.

Owner Philip Search said: “It’s awesome to win, as the competition was tough. We use fantastic local ingredients.”

The festival began with an opening concert featuring seaside fun, folk and comedy on Friday, May 19 at Cromer Pavilion Theatre.

The new mayor of Cromer, John Frosdick. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The new mayor of Cromer, John Frosdick. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The fun continued in Cromer on Saturday with markets, live music, have-a-go tables, cookery demonstrations, and crab pot making demos.

In Cromer a Woodforde’s bar was located in the festival’s main marquee, which hosted an evening of live music and a BBQ.

The activities returned on Sunday in Cromer and also in Sheringham, where the narrow streets at the seaward end of town were jam-packed.

Retired fisherman William Cox, who was busy braiding crab pots, said: “It’s gone really well and I’ve shown a lot of people what to do. There’s been lovely weather.”

Tom Bridges, marine science officer at Eastern IFCA with a crab at the Crab and Lobster Festival at Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Tom Bridges, marine science officer at Eastern IFCA with a crab at the Crab and Lobster Festival at Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Meanwhile, Julie Davies, from the Cromer family business Davies Fish Shop, was in demand with youngsters eager to learn how to dress a crab. She said: “It’s wonderful seeing youngsters learning how to do this kind of thing. It’s been a very successful weekend.”

The popular mobile aquarium from the Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority also proved a hit, especially with Andrew Clark, eight, and his brother, Lewis, seven, who were shown a lobster by marine science officer Tom Bridges.

Festival chairman Tony Shipp said: “It’s been a very successful event, but there have already been some suggestions on how we can improve it next year.”

Cromer Mayor John Frosdick took part, along with about 30 others, in a 6.75mile walk with the Walkers are Welcome group to Sheringham and back.

He said: “I think this is a record-breaking year in terms of numbers.

“The weather’s been lovely on both days, although we were a bit worried when there were a few drops of rain on Saturday lunchtime.”

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