December 8 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Cromer carnival got off to a fun-filled start today, with a dog agility show, a medieval jousting display and a mini beer and cider festival.
Other attractions on the carnival field in Runton Road included a motorbike extravaganza featuring the Royal British Legion Riders and a novelty dog show hosted by Holt Dog Training Club.
Carnival-goers also had a chance to find out how much their family heirlooms and long-forgotten attic finds were worth, with a £1-a-go valuation stall run by Keys of Aylsham auctioneer Paul Goodley, who spotted treasures including a valuable ivory model of a pagoda and a Norfolk Regiment pocket watch dating back to the first world war.
A car boot sale attracted hundreds of bargain hunters, with stalls selling everything from bikes and bric-a-brac, to lawnmowers and furniture.
Among the dozens of stallholders were eight-year-old Cromer Junior School pupil Megan Davies and her sister Emily, six, who were selling their unwanted clothes, toys and books in aid of Cromer RNLI and international leprosy charity Lepra.
After hearing about the effects of the disease on sufferers during a school assembly, Megan decided to take action and her mum Tracey came up with the idea of running a carnival car boot stall.
“We heard about a little boy whose hands were all curled up and he couldn’t move properly and I felt sad and wanted to do something to help,” the youngster said.
She teamed up with younger sister Emily, who wanted to raise cash for Cromer lifeboat, which she had visited on a trip with her Rainbow Guide unit and, by mid-morning, the pair had taken more than £40 for their chosen good causes.
“We are really, really pleased,” Megan said.
The programme was set to continue this evening with a family night in the carnival marquee, with children’s entertainer Dave Doughnut presenting a show featuring magic, comedy and balloon modelling and music and games from local group Sounds Sensation.
Sunday’s events kick off with a carnival church service at 10.30am, followed by music from local singer Dale on the pier forecourt.
Town crier Jason Bell will be announcing the arrival of carnival queen Jade Armstrong, who will be crowned on the pier by entertainer Olly Day at 12.15pm.
Carnival field events include an American car show, a gymkhana and the traditional bonny baby, glamorous grandmother and knobbly knee competitions.
For a full programme, visit www.cromercarnival.co.uk