September 21 2014 Latest news:
Donna-Louise Bishop, Reporter
Monday, July 28, 2014
Nearly 300 people pledged their support in Sheringham at the weekend by marking their footsteps in the sand.
The Stand in the Sand event, organised by the Sheringham Carnival committee, saw the crowd join together to stand on the beach to help raise money for portable defibrillators to be used in the town.
Carnival chairman Stuart McClean said he tried to put a new event on each year and this was this year’s “new thing”.
“I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out,” he said. “At the end of the day it’s like a lot of new things, you just don’t know what will happened.
“I was a bit worried before we started getting people down on the beach but once we had everyone together it looked great.
“And if each of the people who took part put even just a pound in the collection bucket, then that’s £300 raised for another defib.”
The carnival team have already purchased one mobile defibrillator and hoped to buy more to help the town during its numerous events throughout the year.
All 30 carnival marshals have also been trained in how to use them too.
And showing their support on the day, Sheringham town mayor Patricia Brooks, carnival queen Shannon Cramp and attendants Cheryl Copeland and Brianné Neale, also turned out to cheer the crowd on and take part.
Mr McClean added: “The queen and attendants are involved from day one. They’ve already done a couple of gigs at care homes and they do enjoy helping out. They will also be helping to judge the carnival prince and princess on Friday.”
He added that since he had been chairman of Sheringham Carnival he always tried to add something new to the programme, and Sunday’s event was the new one for this year. He described it as an “inspirational event” to help the whole community.
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