December 13 2013 Latest news:
By STEVE DOWNES
Sunday, May 19, 2013
A touch of coastal teasing was the order of the day today as the sun shone on Sheringham for day two of the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival.
After a grey first day at Cromer yesterday, some mischievous Shannocks said “the sun shines on the righteous” as it got its hat on in timely fashion.
With thousands of people coming out to enjoy the weather and the festival, joint president Noel Gant said: “The weather in Cromer was abysmal, but every time you come to Sheringham it’s wonderful.”
Mr Gant was rushed off his feet as he and fellow president Hilary Cox tried to meet the huge demand for the crab sandwiches they were making, which kept selling out - prompting dashes to the town centre to get more bread.
Mr Gant said: “We are going for the world record for the number of crab sandwiches made. And we are introducing new people to the taste. A girl of five and a lady of 81 tasted crab today for the first time.”
Much of the town centre was closed off to traffic in Sheringham, enabling a series of stalls to snake along the streets and Morris dancers to take to the roads to entertain the crowds.
As with yesterday at Cromer’s Evington Lawns, plenty of people gathered to watch professional chefs demonstrate their skills at the cookery theatre, while Punch and Judy and a host of games kept children entertained.
Mr Gant said the festival and the weather were “a big boost to the town’s economy”, and added: “I went to see the vicar this morning and he said ‘say a couple of prayers and don’t swear for the rest of the week’. And this weather is the result.”
Festival chairman Tony Shipp said: “I was pleased with the turnout yesterday and the new venue worked well. Coming to Sheringham, there is a completely different set up and atmosphere.
“We are blessed with the weather, but I’d like to think that people would have come out anyway.”