Photo gallery: Family fun as Cromer Carnival kicks off in style
17:44 17 August 2014
Glamorous grandmothers, knobbly knees and bonny baby competitions drew in the crowds as a traditional seaside carnival kicked off this weekend.
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.
Cromer Carnival 2014
Comedian Adam Daye dressed up as Mrs Brown from Mrs Brown's Boys with entertainer Paul Eastwood at the Cromer carnival queen crowning. Picture: DAVE 'HUBBA' ROBERTS
Kyla Ward, 15-months-old, with his grandmother Sue Harris from Corby. Kyla won the bonny baby competition. Picture: DAVE 'HUBBA' ROBERTS
Members of the Cromer Carnival royal family at the crowning ceremony. Picture: DAVE 'HUBBA' ROBERTS
Younger members of the Cromer Carnival royal party on their steam-powered car. Picture; DAVE 'HUBBA' ROBERTS
A steam-powered car transporting some of the Cromer Carnival royal party to the pier promenade. Picture; DAVE 'HUBBA' ROBERTS
Cromer Carnival town crier Jasoon Bell with some of the members of the carnival royal family. Picture: DAVE 'HUBBA' ROBERTS
A range of vintage, custom and American vehicles on the Runton Road carnival site. Picture: DAVE 'HUBBA' ROBERT
The Rev Peter Herbert, curate of Cromer church (left) with glamorous grandmother winner Pamela Copeman and Cromer mayor Tony Nash. Picture: DAVE 'HUBBA' ROBERTS
Members of the Cromer Carnival royal party before the crowning ceremony. Picture: DAVE 'HUBBA' ROBERTS
Pamela Copemanm, 88, who won the glamorous grandmother competition. Picture: DAVE 'HUBBA' ROBERTS
Sue Harris (left) from Corby with her grand-daughter Kyla Ward, 15-months-old, and judge Vivien Bolton-Sleigh. Kyla won the bonny baby competition. Picture; DAVE 'HUBBA' ROBERTS
Senior attendant Erin Holyroyd (left) and carnival queen Hayley Massingham (right) inspect the knobbly knees of Bob Thiess from Cromer. Picture: DAVE 'HUBBA' ROBERTS
Adam Daye, dressed up as Mrs Brown, crowning carnival queen Hayley Massingham. Behind stands cromer pier comedian Paul Eastwood. Picture: DAVE 'HUBBA' ROBERTS
Cromer Carnival queen Hayley Massingham arriving in style for the crowning ceremony. Picture: DAVE 'HUBBA' ROBERTS
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.
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