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Dominic Bareham, senior reporter
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
A bumper crowd visited a south Norfolk show at the weekend despite the persistent rain which has blighted the British summer so far.
More than 2,000 people visited the Discover South Norfolk Day outside South Norfolk Council’s Long Stratton offices on Sunday, which included 125 stalls selling local produce, a lookalike Diamond Jubilee Queen and Prince Charles, arts and crafts, live music, street performers, magicians and fairground rides.
Visitors were met at the entrance by the lookalike Queen and Prince Charles and children got into the Jubilee spirit by dressing up as prince and princesses and making their own crowns with the Fairyland Trust.
Martin Wilby, the council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for communities and localism, said: “Every year Discover South Norfolk Day gets better and better and this year was no exception. It was the best yet.
“There was a wonderful uplifting atmosphere and it was fantastic to see so many families enjoying the entertainment and finding out more about what the Council does.”
There was also a performance of songs from stage and screen from the 1940s performed by Timescape to give the event a nostalgic feel, while a Bollywood dance group brightened up the overcast day in colourful saris.
Children took turns to ride round in Sammy the council’s Road Sweeper and enjoyed climbing into the cabs of bin lorries, tooting the horn and learning how to operate the lifting gear.
They also got a taste for recycling by designing their own re-usable bags, set off water rockets with the council’s care and repair team and built dens with the council’s countryside ranger.
The event was also attended by double Olympic medallist Bryan Steel, gold medal winner Paralympian Oliver Jones and five Olympic torch bearers.
The whole event was broadcast live over the internet by South Norfolk Youth Action Radio.