December 7 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Bonny babies and glamorous grans shared the stage with some gnarled knees as scores of people took part in three traditional Cromer Carnival contests this afternoon.
A remarkable 84 tots lined up for the bonny baby contest.
The overall winner, seven-month-old Louis Gill, was brought along by his dad Adam, who first attended the carnival as a youngster.
Mr Gill, 42, said: “I remember Tony Shipp from being a child and I can’t believe he’s still in charge - and I never thought I’d come back here with my own baby.”
Louis was presented with a certificate and a silver shield in memory of Cromer hotelier Tom Bolton.
Winner in the 0-6 months category was Finlay Jones, with Lola Belle Green winning the 12-18 months category.
Competition organiser Claire Claxton, who is housekeeper at Cromer Royal British Legion home Halsey House, has been involved with the carnival for 24 years.
“My father was on the committee before me and it’s just a wonderful part of Cromer that I love being involved in,” she said.
Next in line were knobbly knee contestants aged from 18 to 72, who rolled up their trouser legs to be judged by carnival queen Jade Armstrong and senior attendant Jodie Rice.
Runner-up was Dennis Broughton from Cromer, with this year’s title taken by Stephen Brown, from Northampton.
The final competition saw a parade of glamorous grandmothers line up for the judges, who picked gran-of-two Jane Arnold-High, from Cromer, as runner-up and Tracey Bartlett, also from Cromer, as winner.
On Saturday, the carnival got off to a fun-filled start, with a dog agility show, a medieval jousting display and a mini beer and cider festival.
Other attractions on the carnival field in Runton Road included a motorbike extravaganza featuring the Royal British Legion Riders and a novelty dog show hosted by Holt Dog Training Club.
Carnival-goers also had a chance to find out how much their family heirlooms and long-forgotten attic finds were worth, with a £1-a-go valuation stall run by Keys of Aylsham auctioneer Paul Goodley, who spotted treasures including a valuable ivory model of a pagoda and a Norfolk Regiment pocket watch dating back to the first world war.
A car boot sale attracted hundreds of bargain hunters, with stalls selling everything from bikes and bric-a-brac, to lawnmowers and furniture.
Among the dozens of stallholders were eight-year-old Cromer Junior School pupil Megan Davies and her sister Emily, six, who were selling their unwanted clothes, toys and books in aid of Cromer RNLI and international leprosy charity Lepra.
Earlier, some comedy gems added sparkle as Cromer’s carnival queen Jade Armstrong was given her glittering crown.
Norfolk entertainer Olly Day tickled the ribs of a large crowd that assembled on and around the pier forecourt for the official ceremony.
The carnival royal family – Jade, senior attendant Jodie Rice, junior attendants Eve Dawson and Bethany Cuff, prince Oliver Fraser and princess Daisy Reynolds – arrived in a cavalcade of cars at 12.15pm.
They were welcomed by town crier Jason Bell, who then handed over to carnival chairman Tony Shipp.
Mr Shipp welcomed guests including Stuart and Della McClean and Graham Deans from Sheringham Carnival. He said: “I’m glad they managed to get their visas sorted out. We had to invite them because they lent us the carnival queen’s throne.”
■ For a full programme, visit www.cromercarnival.co.uk