The second day of the Great Yarmouth Maritime festival continued the success of yesterday, with the South Quay filled to capacity.

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The rousing sea shanties from a host of bands from across the UK and abroad continued to please, and the stalls demonstrating traditional sea faring craft such as net mending and basket weaving saw an increased engagement from families.

The visiting ships were packed with people yearning for a taste of life at sea and the RNLI lifeguards spent the day zooming past, showing off their rescue boat, while the volunteer crew of the Hemsby Inshore Rescue Service were rushed off their feet meeting demand for their traditional fried herrings

Such was the crowd and atmosphere that one elderly gentleman passed out, and rushing to his aid were the East Norfolk Militia in all their regalia, who forged a path through the crowd and helped the man to the paramedics. They also reunited a lost three-year-old with her father.

Such heroics came after they had tested the eardrums of visitors with their gun salute, while more eardrum blasting was going on in the drinks tent where impromptu sing-a-long sessions were starting up.

This is just a taste of what was on offer at the festival which looks to have beaten its previous record of 35,000 attendees.

Organiser Aleen Mobbs, chairman of the voluntary committee for the festival and owner of Yarmouth’s Imperial Hotel, said: “I think it will be very close to beating last year.

“Yesterday started slow but then it got busy, today started good and then was quiet, but now we have got as many as we are able to cope with!

“We are really pleased, it has been so well supported, we have sold out of programmes and the shops and stalls are very happy, there has been huge interest in them.”

The festival welcomed some new caterers for this year, all the way from Birmingham, who said they had never been to a place with such good atmosphere.

“People are already asking about next year’s dates,” added Aleen.

“The Quay is a beautiful place to be and not many people come down here. Yarmouth past and present is always going to involve the maritime. Here we have the past, the herrings and so on, alongside the present and future, with the wind energy technology that is coming out of Yarmouth.

“This festival shows what Yarmouth is really all about.”

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