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North Norfolk coast to benefit from fresh ideas making the most of history

PUBLISHED: 16:40 22 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:40 22 July 2015

Boats moored off Cromer coast.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Boats moored off Cromer coast. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2013

Plans to raise the profile of north Norfolk’s history have been supported after a government cash injection.

The government has focussed on coastal towns through a number of schemes which aim to urge communities to take control of regeneration projects.

Coastal communities minister Mark Francois gave his support to 14 new teams formed to help revive the east of England’s seaside towns and choose where best to use funding.

One of the teams to receive a £10,000 kick start to their work will be based in Cromer and it is anticipated by the North Norfolk District Council it will be made up of a number of stakeholders in the town including the Norfolk Museums Service, Friends of Cromer Museum and Cromer and Sheringham Art and Literary Festival.

A council spokesman said they are looking to name the group the Deep History Coast - Coastal_Community_Team but added this may change.

He said the goal was to establish a group made up of “key players” in the community in order to make the most of north Norfolk’s history and provide the foundations for further funding applications.

He added: “This coast is significant on an international scale. We have a fascinating story but it hasn’t always been told. Some people in the local communities don’t have the faintest idea what is going on in their door steps.”

In order to boost the coast as a year-round tourist destination the new group would focus on telling the stories of such revelations as the West Runton Elephant and the Happisburgh footprints.

The spokesman said Cromer could form the “hub” of the proposed historic route from Weybourne to Happisburgh where visitors could perhaps start a journey along an informative trail.

“It’s very early days but this is a fantastic opportunity,” he said.

He added they would aim to have built the team and developed a plan within the next six months.

Are you involved in plans to improve your area? Email sophie.biddle@archant.co.uk

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