Cromer carnival put on its Christmas hat to stage an annual concert for senior citizens.

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More than 100 local people gathered for the ever-popular event at Cromer Parish Hall, which saw visits from local dance group Dance Attitude, singer Gabriella Green – a previous winner of the carnival talent show - comedian Pat Nearney and a spectacular rendition of Oh Holy Night by this year’s junior carnival attendant Eve Dawson.

After this the audience sung a host of carols led by Hilary Cox and pianist Margaret Bushell.

They were joined by members of Cromer Methodist Church, town mayor David Pritchard, representatives of St John Ambulance, the Cromer Christmas Lights, the Carnival “royal party” and members of the carnival committee.

The concert is free to attend, with a free coach service to the event sponsored by Marett’s Chariots.

Carnival chairman Tony Shipp said: “The Cromer carnival Christmas concert is our last event of the year. It is an opportunity for our senior citizens to have an evening of entertainment and light refreshments in the run up to Christmas. It is always an enjoyable and joyous occasion.”

The event originated as an evening providing transport to bring elderly residents into the town to see the Christmas lights. It evolved with sherry and mince pies, and entertainment from the church choir, hosted by the former lights chairman Rita Loynes at her Tudor restaurant, and was turned into the current format by the carnival committee.

■Plans are already afoot for the 45th carnival next year.

Carnival art week runs from May 23-28, with more than 400 works of art and craft by more than 90 artists, schools and community groups, with proceeds to carnival funds. For more information or to display work contact Steve Everitt on 01263 514469

Cromer Carnival week is August 16-22, with carnival day on Wednesday August 20.

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