December 7 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Cromer Carnival’s first duck race was an “amazing” success after hundreds of families and tourists flocked to the pier.
All 288 rubber ducks were sold out for the inaugural event and so 32 extra had to be bought from a town centre store at the last minute.
Children and adults took part in the race which was part of the Children’s Week activities in the run-up to the main carnival.
Cromer town councillor Jen Emery, who was at the event with her family, said: “It is great to have everyone on the pier and to use it for Children’s Week. It is such a fantastic space. The duck race was a great idea and hopefully it will happen next year. All the Children’s Week activities have been really well supported this year.”
Traditionally sessions for children and adults are held the two weeks before the main event, which starts today and ends on Friday, August 23.
Activities this year have included a sandcastle competition, treasure dig, and painting crab shells which attracted about 1,000 people.
Libby Clohisey, one of the Children’s Week organisers, said: “We didn’t think it would be as popular as it was. The turnout was amazing. The duck race is something that families can do together and we have turned it into a party atmosphere with hats and bubbles. Everyone seems to be enjoying it and everyone is laughing and smiling.”
The winner was Elliot Francis, 10, from Sotherton Road, Norwich, who said he was overwhelmed about winning.
His father, Neil, 38, from Links Avenue, Hellesdon, said: “It is a nice, enjoyable and friendly atmosphere.”
Second place went to Theo King, three, from Norwich, third place went to Connor Tideswell, 13, from Nottingham, fourth place went to Jeremy and fifth place went to Matilda Summers, two, from Wisbech, with her duck Quackers.
Her mother Stefanie, 33, from Colville Road, Wisbech, said: “It is really exciting. It is good to have an event focused on children.”
Cromer Carnival chairman Tony Shipp said he hoped to expand the event and include a crab race during the Crab and Lobster Festival in Sheringham and Cromer in May.
He said: “It has gone extremely well. We wanted to add another dimension to the entertainment put on during Children’s Week.”
For more information about the Cromer Festival visit www.cromercarnival.co.uk.