Sheringham town mayor is left hurt after being told not to wear her ceremonial chain to the Crab and Lobster Festival

07:00 02 June 2014

Sheringham town mayor Patricia Brooks.

Sheringham town mayor Patricia Brooks. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

The claws were out as a neighbouring town’s mayor was left hurt after being told not to wear her ceremonial chain at a seafaring festival.

Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival. Photo: Steve AdamsSheringham Crab and Lobster Festival. Photo: Steve Adams

According to custom, new Sheringham mayor Patricia Brooks asked former Cromer mayor David Pritchard if she could wear the chain to the Crab and Lobster Festival on May 16 in Cromer.

But after Cromer donated £2,000 and Sheringham Town Council refused to contribute towards the joint venture between the two towns, she was told not to wear her chain.

Mrs Brooks, who became mayor on May 6, said she was upset and disappointed but wanted to maintain a good relationship between the towns.

She said: “I had asked because I had an invitation and I received an email which said no, we don’t want you to wear the chain.

Former Cromer town mayor David Pritchard. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYFormer Cromer town mayor David Pritchard. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

“Having only been a mayor for a week it was very hard. I replied saying I was disappointed but I wish to have a good relationship with Cromer.

“My whole attitude is about holding out my arms to people. I wanted to do that with the crab and lobster festival and although we can’t give finance we will give as much help in kind as we can.”

Speaking at a Cromer Town Council meeting, councillor Hilary Cox said she was disappointed Mrs Brooks was denied permission.

She said: “It was despicable. I know Sheringham did not give the money we had hoped and haven’t supported it in the last few years but it was a shame for someone not to wear it.”

The fifth annual festival took place in Cromer on the first day and Sheringham on the second.

Mrs Brooks was denied permission after Cromer Town Council approved a £2,000 grant to the festival but the neighbouring town decided not to.

Sheringham Town Council refused the grant application because it was “unwise” to give taxpayers’ money to an event that made a surplus profit which was donated to local charities.

Mr Pritchard, whose term in office ended in May, said his objection was not against Mrs Brooks.

He said: “My objection was the fact that Cromer taxpayers are contributing towards an event that benefits both towns.”

He said on his last day as mayor he approved a request for Mrs Brooks to wear her chain at the Cromer Pier production of Oliver!

Festival chairman Tony Shipp said it would have been nice for Mrs Brooks to wear her chain but it was not for him to say whether she did or not.

What is your view? Write to


  • It is disgusting. We are proud of our Mayor and proud of our town. Sheringham does provide help with the festival, one of those being a friend of mine who works tirelessly for our town. A disgraceful, small minded decision.

    Report this comment


    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Yawn....typical small town politics,move along....

    Report this comment


    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • As the festival makes money, Id like to ask why Cromer Town Council saw the need to be profligate with our council tax & donate?

    Report this comment

    Mr Majika

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • There are no helpers provided by Sheringham either! Much of the setting up is done by Cromer's lifeboat crew and not a single member of Sheringham's. I don't really think Sheringham want the festival anymore or they would help with the organising. A sad affair. :-(

    Report this comment


    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Even if she wanted to fund the event , if the town council disagreed then what can she do?

    Report this comment

    Callum Ringer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • If Sherringham did not want to put their hand in their pocket they should not be surprised by Cromer's attitude. If you want to represent Sherringham by wearing the official chain then contribute toward the event - simple.

    Report this comment


    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Shameful, a case of someone wanting all the glory, i am sure that Cromer people wouldn't have cared if she wore it whether there was money contributed or not.

    Report this comment


    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Much ado about nothing?

    Report this comment


    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • A pretty small-minded attitude by those who represent the fine people of Cromer.

    Report this comment

    la barbe

    Monday, June 2, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site


Most Read

Most Commented

Latest from the EDP

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 3°C

Listen to the latest weather forecast

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the EDP
digital edition


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter