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Poll: Do you think town council should axe grants to Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival and Coast?

PUBLISHED: 12:11 03 October 2012

Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival joint president Hilary Thompson.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival joint president Hilary Thompson. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2012

Calls have been made for Cromer Town Council to withdraw or reduce its annual grant to two successful seaside festivals.

At Monday’s full meeting, members heard that the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival would be giving away £7,500 to charity after a successful third event in May.

This year, the council gave the festival £2,000, and Greg Hayman said, once any subsidised festival was “up and running and self-supporting”, the grant could be withdrawn.

He said: “We ought to consider all our grant making.”

He added that Cromer was giving more to the crab and lobster festival and Coast than Sheringham Town Council, despite both having been joint initiatives.

Dorothy Airs agreed that the festivals should be “self-financing”.

But Hilary Thompson, a joint president of the crab and lobster festival, said: “I think it’s such a shame that the crab and lobster festival has been picked out.

“It’s very unfair. It is something that makes us feel good because we helped to make it successful. I’d like to see some more consideration from people who are talking about it.”

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