Glamorous grandmothers, knobbly knees and bonny baby competitions drew in the crowds as a traditional seaside carnival kicked off this weekend.

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Cromer Carnival highlights

Monday August 18: Pier forecourt, 3pm, best dressed waiters and waitress competition followed by waiters and waitresses race.

Marquee on the main site off Runton Road, 7.30pm, race night.

Tuesday August 19: Arena events on the main site. Cascade kite display, 11.15am; Joseph Pearce fire stunt show, 12 noon; The Wild Cats aerobatics display, 12.30pm.

Cromer Parish Church, 8pm, carnival band concert. Tickets cost £7.50 adults and £3 children.

Wednesday August 20: Runton Road arena, 10.15am Bolddog Lings FMX motorcycle display team.

The Red Arrows display at 11am and grand carnival parade from 7pm.

Thursday August 21: Arena on Runton Road site, 7.15pm, tug of war between Cromer and Sheringham carnival committees.

For full details of all events visit www.cromercarnival.co.uk.

Scores of holidaymakers, visitors and north Norfolk residents flocked to Cromer for the annual town celebration which is in its 45th year and finishes on Friday August 22.

Impressive steam-powered cars were used to transport the carnival’s royal party to the pier promenade today.

A crowd gathered for the crowning of Hayley Massingham, 18, from Suffield Park, who is this year’s carnival queen.

And many were surprised when pier show comedian and Adam Daye did the honours dressed as Mrs Brown from the television show Mrs Brown’s Boys.

Miss Massingham, a budding chef, said: “It is so exciting to be carnival queen. I have grown up with the carnival since I was little. Carnival brings everyone together and it makes you feel proud that you live here when people travel so far to join in. It is a big part of the town.”

Carnival senior attendant Erin Holyroyd, 18, from Aldborough, also had two reasons to celebrate as today was her birthday as well being part of the royal party.

Other members are Tasmin Beshir, 12, Allyse Cook, 13, Sol Rivett, seven, and Hannah Muirhead, seven.

The carnival originally started out on the seaside with a few stalls but it soon outgrew that.

It came out of the Cromer Voluntary Entertainments Organisation and was the idea of the late town councillor Edna Lycett and businessman Gordon Jessop.

Carnival chairman Tony Shipp, who has held the voluntary post for 30 years, said: “The royal party looked stunning and the steam cars made it that extra special for the crowds.

“Cromer is a traditional seaside town and we try to keep those values. It is a boost to the area.”

It takes a year to organise and more than 250 volunteers help behind the scenes during the week.

The main attractions today happened off Runton Road and included dozens of colourful American, custom and classic cars.

Competitions in the main arena were bonny baby, knobbly knees and glamorous grandmother.

The winner of the bonny baby contest was 15-month-old Kyla Ward from Corby.

Best knobbly knees went to Bob Thiess from Cromer and 88-year-old Pamela Copeman from Cromer won the glamorous grandmother event, who “loved” the carnival.

What do you think of Cromer carnival? Email sophie.wyllie@archant.co.uk.

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