Sheringham carnival drew to a spectacular, if somewhat damp, close on Sunday, with a torchlight procession, fire breathers and grand firework display.

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Events in the second part of carnival week following Wednesday’s parade included the popular duck race, beach sports, a tug-of-war, a vintage tea party and the traditional car treasure hunt.

However, the all-day downpour on Sunday meant the planned chalk-a-picture contest and the children’s boating competition had to be cancelled.

Carnival committee member Paula Popham said both events would be rescheduled for raft race day on August 31.

“It was a real shame about the weather,” she added. “And, unfortunately, I think people decided to stay inside, so, although it had cleared up by the evening, we had quite a poor turn-out for the torchlight procession.”

Youngsters carried glow sticks, Victorian-style lamps and willow lanterns made at a workshop run by artists Kate Munro and Becky Robinson.

They followed the Peterborough Highland Pipe Band through the town to the Leas clifftop gardens to watch a demonstration by Tri-Fier fire artists, followed by a firework display.

“It was a nice end to an absolutely brilliant week,” Mrs Popham said. “We have had some wonderful feedback and, after enjoying terrific weather all week, we can’t really complain about the rain.”

Sheringham carnival raft race is at 12 o’clock outside Ellie’s beach café on August 31. Pre-race entertainment will include drumming from Trix ‘n’ Stix and a hog roast on the prom. Entrants, who must wear life jackets and be aged 17 or over, need an entry form, which can be obtained from the Lobster pub or from www.sheringhamcarnival.com

Have you got a community event coming up in north Norfolk? Email karen.bethell@archant.co.uk

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