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High hopes for New Year’s Day fireworks in Cromer with 10,000 expected to line seafront

PUBLISHED: 11:39 01 January 2018 | UPDATED: 18:38 01 January 2018

Cromer New Year fireworks. Picture: STEVE HONE

Cromer New Year fireworks. Picture: STEVE HONE

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Organisers of the annual New Year’s Day fireworks display in Cromer have spoken of their high hopes for this year’s event, after last year’s postponement.

Cromer New Year fireworks.  Picture: SIMON FINLAY Cromer New Year fireworks. Picture: SIMON FINLAY

Around 10,000 people are expected to line the seafront in the north Norfolk town later today to celebrate the start of the new year.

And following the display in 2017, which was delayed by a week due to adverse weather conditions, a cloudy but relatively dry day is forecast.

Fireworks committee chairman, Jim Bond, said: “There’s no danger of a repeat of last year’s postponement - fingers crossed.

“We’ve got a lovely day at the moment and its looking good for a spectacular show later.”

He added that it was hard to predict numbers but that the event consistently sees around 10,000 people in attendance - more than the total population of Cromer.

Mr Bond said: “We expect to get a few hundred entries into the photography competition as well.

“We’ve got a double prize this year, with one winner receiving a TV from Cromer retailer Hughes, and another being given special backstage access to any Titanium fireworks event; an opportunity for any keen photographer to get some really special shots.”

Director of Titanium Fireworks, Simon Page, said: “We are proud to be firing the New Year’s Day firework display from Cromer Pier, and will be making full use of this unique setting.”

The display will last between 13 to 14 minutes, and start at 5pm.

Ahead of the main event, a fun run along Cromer Promenade, organised by North Norfolk Beach Runners, will take place at 3pm.

The one mile run is open to all ages and abilities - with everyone from joggers to sprinters to those in fancy dress encouraged to take part. Runners can register from 2.30pm for £1.

Mulled wine will be served outside the Cromer Museum, with tea, coffee, and hot soup on offer in the church in the afternoon.

The display is a free event, but there will be bucket collectors out in force to fundraise for charity and the 2019 fireworks display.

The 2017 event raised a total of £9,000, half of which was given to charities with the rest going towards funding 2018 display.

All three town car parks will be open for the event, with Runton Road car park charging a fixed £2 per car for all day parking from 2pm. Normal car park fees will apply on all other car parks.

There will be no parking available on Cromer Promenade.

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