August 1 2014 Latest news:
Alex Hurrell, Reporter
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The Red Arrows may have been missing from the Cromer skies earlier today but they were looping and diving through the town’s streets as part of tonight’s all-hooting, all-jiving carnival parade.
Cromer Hospital’s renal dialysis unit patients and staff piloted a squadron of cardboard Red Arrow jets, created by dialysis patient Paul Welsh, 51, of Honeysuckle Close, North Walsham.
Other entries included another tour-de-force joint effort by the Marsh and Mindham families, of Roughton Road, Cromer, who have been taking part for more than 30 years.
Their Willi Wonka float boasted a real waterfall running into a river of chocolate on which a paddle boat floated carrying costumed family members, winning them first prize in the towed trailers class.
Overall winner was a pirate ship and its crew from In Touch Systems, of Hurricane Way, Norwich.
Some 60-70 total entries weaved their way through the streets in a 90-minute procession which was slightly smaller than last year when the Olympics and Queen’s 60th Jubilee had boosted numbers, according to carnival chairman Tony Shipp.
“It was a very good procession, a high standard of entries and lots of variety, which stretched all the way round town. We had really good support and perfect weather – we couldn’t really ask for more,” he said.
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