February 1 2015 Latest news:
Tracey Gray, Reporter
Monday, August 25, 2014
A charity auction of Bootiful Boats had some all at sea as furious bidding saw some prices rise into the hundreds.
The auction of 60 boats, which formed the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival festival’s art trail this year, took place on Cromer Pier forecourt on Sunday and raised £4,100 in total.
The miniature vessels have been brightening up the town shops and streets for the popular trail that is a now a key part of the festival.
The boat which was sold for the most was from The Garden House Gallery and designed by local artist Samuel Thomas. After a furious bidding exchange it was sold to Barry and Emma Mardell and their son Billy, eight, who come from near Stevenage, but holiday regularly in the area, for £430.
The winner of the prize for best decorated boat in Cromer was the Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society Boat deigned by Glen Hall and for Sheringham, Bertram A Watts boat, designed by Lizzie Atkins and Yvette Pegg.
The winners of the Scrumptious Seafood Trail, where more than 20 cafes, restaurants, pubs and hotels each created a seafood dish as part of the festival, were also announced, with Breakers Cafe taking the prize for Cromer and Joyful West’s Shellfish Bar, for Sheringham.
The winners were voted for online by the public, who could enter a prize draw for meal vouchers.
The World Pier Crabbing Championships were also held as part of the festival on Sunday where prizes are awarded for the most crabs caught by net and by hand line and for the biggest crab caught.
Winners on the day were presented with limited edition mugs, cuddly toy and cash prizes.
Winners using a net included five-year-old George Palmer who caught 44 crabs, with runners up, Alfie Samways, aged seven, with 26 crabs, and Ben Bone, aged seven, with 21 crabs.
Maya Samways, five, was also awarded a special prize for managing to catch two weaver fish.
The overall winners of the championship have to use a hand line to catch crabs. The winners this year were Team Havoc 2 from Milton Keynes, who caught five crabs. They were awarded the Richard Davies Memorial Plate which is named memory of former Cromer lifeboat coxswain Richard Davies who died in 2010.
The biggest crab measured 14cm and was caught by Team Gangway.
For more on this story see Monday’s papers.