December 6 2013 Latest news:
By STEVE DOWNES
Saturday, May 18, 2013
A stiff upper lip is a must-have accessory for experienced visitors to the British seaside.
So nobody was put off today as a sullen grey blanket of cloud shrouded Cromer on day one of the Sheringham and Cromer Crab and Lobster Festival.
Instead, they wrapped up a bit warmer, dusted down their smiles and made a pincer movement to the town for a day of celebrations of its fishing heritage.
With the World Pier Crabbing Championship cancelled until August 25 amid fears of heavy seas, most of the fun focused on the new venue of Evington Lawns on Runton Road.
Children enjoyed craft and games on the lower half of the lawn, while there were dozens of food, craft and charity stalls on the upper level.
The Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority stall had a pool containing live crabs and lobsters, which drew a crowd of people of all ages.
And next door, local fishermen were demonstration the traditional way to make crab pots.
Meanwhile, fish shop owner Julie Davies carried out regular crab-dressing demonstrations, with people able to have a go for themselves.
In a marquee, chefs took to the cookery stage to show off their seafood skills, while local ales were provided by Woodforde’s - including Pincer Pale Crabster Ale.
Festival chairman Tony Shipp said: “There’s lots going on up here today and lots of people enjoying it. I’ve had so many good comments from people already.
“We were reluctant to move from the pier and promenade to Evington Lawns, but the wind is often difficult down there. This is more sheltered, and lots of people can get into the marquee.”
The festival began last night with the sell-out variety show at the Pier Pavilion Theatre, featuring comedians Olly Day and Nigel Boy Syer, Marlene’s School of Dance, Sheringham Shantymen and the musician John Conolly, who also played at Evington Lawns today.
Tomorrow, the fun switches to Sheringham.
For a full programme, see www.crabandlobsterfestival.co.uk