A tea room owner is using her baking prowess to help raise funds for north Norfolk’s storm battered coastline.

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Cathy Howlett, owner of the Victorian Tea Rooms in Cromer, is whipping up batches of mince pies, which she is selling for a £1 with 50p going towards the clean up and restoration of the pier and prom.

She struck upon her tasty idea after her Meadow Road business was inundated with sightseers over the weekend, who flocked to the resort to look at the town’s storm-ravaged seafront.

“We had so many people coming in, they’re all sightseers and this is our local heritage so we thought let’s start a fundraiser,” she added.

“And people have been more than happy to donate, which is fabulous. Most people are just thoroughly shocked at the amount of devastation down there, they can’t quite believe it.”

Mrs Howlett began her fundraising bake off today and said she would continue until Christmas, and afterwards but with an alternative tasty treat.

She said: “We’re not going to be raising massive amounts but it all helps.”

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