December 8 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Some comedy gems added sparkle as Cromer’s carnival queen Jade Armstrong was given her glittering crown this afternoon.
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.”
Cromer town mayor David Pritchard also spoke to the crowds, saying: “In 1977 I came here for my first Cromer Carnival, and a young man called Tony Shipp was in charge. I’ve seen over the years the carnival go from strength to strength. I’d like to give a warm welcome to everybody for what will be a wonderful week.”
Olly Day, who told a few jokes before crowning the queen and giving her a kiss on the hand and the cheek, said “every expense has been spared” for the crown.