“We came here today because we have to beat Sheringham” - hundreds gather on Cromer beach to triumph in Stand on the Sand competition
11:16 15 August 2014
Archant Norfolk 2014
The competition was on in Cromer as hundreds of families piled onto the beach in an attempt to rival Sheringham with a “stand on the sand”.
Organised by Cromer Carnival, the challenge was to gather as many people on the sand as possible, hoping to top Sheringham Carnival’s total of about 300 people and raising money for charity.
And with more than 550 people on the beach, travelling from across the county, festival chairman Tony Shipp said the town had met the challenge.
With damp weather doing nothing to keep people away today, Mr Shipp said: “Half an hour before I did wonder if people would come out, but standing on the beach and seeing them stream down was great.
“It brings everyone together and shows the holiday makers what we are all about.”
Tom and Sue Kittle had travelled from Dereham to take part in the sandy challenge, determined to help the town reach a higher number than Sheringham.
Mrs Kittle, 62, who is from Cromer, said she remembered the carnival as a girl, when her father won the waiters’ race in 1959.
“We came here today because we have to beat Sheringham,” she said. “We beat them at hockey when I was at school and we are going to beat them on the beach.”
For seven-year-old Richard Dowsing, Cromer Carnival week is the highlight of his summer holiday. He has travelled from his home near Leicester to spend six weeks in Mundesley.
Mum Brigette, 50, said the stand in the sand was a brilliant idea, adding: “It was a nice thing to do because it was something the whole family could get involved with.”
The charity event also collected donations for Cromer Skate Park, which is aiming to raise £150,000 for work to begin on a site in The Meadow, Cromer.
Each year a percentage of all bucket takings from the collection at the Carnival parade is donated to a local cause, and this summer the Cromer skatepark has been chosen.
Today’s stunt followed a Paint a Stone competition, part of the carnival’s children’s weeks.
■ Programmes for Cromer Carnival, from August 16-22, are available at venues across north Norfolk, or at www.cromercarnival.co.uk
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