Video and photo gallery: Spills, thrills and stiff competition at Cromer Carnival’s waiters’ race

PUBLISHED: 19:32 18 August 2014 | UPDATED: 09:17 19 August 2014

Cromer Carnival waiter races. 

Cromer Carnival waiter races. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

Spilt drinks, smart outfits and super-fast pouring were all part of the fun at the waiters’ race in Cromer Carnival.

Cromer Carnival waiter races. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY Cromer Carnival waiter races. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Cold and windy weather early in the day led to a last-minute change of venue, and the usual spot on the Pier Forecourt was abandoned for the shelter of The Meadow.

But although there were slightly fewer people in the crowd than last year, dozens of north Norfolk’s best waiters and waitresses still came out to compete.

“You don’t just come here to play,” said 21-year-old Adam Fields from The Dales in Upper Sheringham who came second in the competition for best-dressed waiter. “You go hard or you go home.”

Businesses from around the town were represented including the Red Lion Hotel, Cliftonville Hotel, Virginia Court Hotel, Breakers Cafe, Links Hotel in West Runton, Bella Vista restaurant the Sea Marge Hotel in Overstrand, The Pier Restaurant and The Dales in Upper Sheringham.

Belinda Cammell, owner of the Cliftonville Hotel, said: “We come every year, it is in our family tradition and the staff really enjoy it. A lot of customers come every year to watch it.”

The sun shone at the races, and carnival chairman Tony Shipp said it the event had gone well, in spite of the bad weather earlier in the day.

He said: “There is always a very high standard because they are all competing against other establishments so they want to impress.

“We have had a good turn out and I am pleased with the way it went.”

Cromer Carnival waiter races. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY Cromer Carnival waiter races. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The waiters’ and waitresses’ race and best dressed competition are the oldest traditions in the carnival and have been taking place since the 1950s.

Grace Price-Jones, 25, has been competing in the race for seven years: “It is easy, you get scared at first but it is a bit of fun.”

The winner of the waiters’ race was Dean Smith from the Red Lion and the winner of the waitresses’ race was Sarah Daniels from the Sea Marge Hotel.

Best dressed waiter was Oscar Henley-Adams from the Cliftonville Hotel and best dressed waitress was Elizabeth Zangerl from The Dales.

Today’s highlights

■Arena events on the Runton Road site:

10am: Woodforde’s horse and dray display.

10.45am/1.45pm: The East Anglian working Newfoundland dog show.

11.15am/2.15pm: Cascade kite display.

12noon/3.30pm: Joseph Pearce fire stunt show.

12.30pm: The Wild Cats aerobatic display.

1.15pm: Cromer cluster samba band.

3pm: Dance Attitude group performance.

■Marquee events on the Runton Road site:

Magic show by Razz the clown and auntie Pearl, a circus workshop with Mr Jugglefun and craft activities.

■Around the arena:

Norwich and District Star Wars Club, climbing wall, donkey rides, tricky trikes, Doc Spinoff circus workshop.

■Cromer Parish Church:

Carnival band concert at 8pm. Admission on the door is £7.50 for adults and £3 for children.

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