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Your Town | Cromer

Population: 7,749

Nearby Towns: Aylsham, Fakenham, North Walsham

After its predecessor village Shipden was swallowed by the sea, Cromer took over as a fishing community famous for its small sweet crabs.

A quiet place where well-heeled Victorians took the air and salt water dips was transformed into a popular resort by the coming of the railway.

Its 100-year-old pier is home to the current lifeboat station, and pavilion theatre, which hosts the only remaining end-of-the-pier summer variety show.

A seafront museum tells the story of the town’s lifeboat including legendary coxswain Henry Blogg. The town also has a South American-themed zoo, and a big mid-August carnival.

Anticipation was at fever pitch for the opening of the new Sue Ryder charity shop in Cromer today.

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Dog owners are urged to take part in a series of free community walks with their pets in North Walsham and Cromer to help socialise their mutts and meet like-minded people.

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A new contractors’ site compound will be set up south of the Bacton Gas Terminals while asset management and maintenance work is carried out over a two-year period.

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Families can get together for a monthly treat at a new film club launched by Cromer Church in the seaside town.

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Eight members of a north Norfolk-based amateur radio group have been teaching girl guides how to contact colleagues around the world as part of Thinking on The Air Day.

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Serious flooding like the 2013 storm surge which devastated Norfolk’s coastline are set to become more frequent, scientists warn.

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A public consultation for a huge wind farm has been dubbed “cosmetic” by a community group - but the energy firm behind it insists it went beyond what was required.

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Comedian Jim Davidson has risked the wrath of people in Cromer after a Facebook rant following his performances at the town’s pier last weekend.

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There’s been a mixed reaction on social media to comedian Jim Davidson’s Facebook rant following his performances at Cromer’s pier on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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The family of a “larger than life” character who epitomised the cheer and charm of north Norfolk has welcomed seeing him front an international campaign.

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Hundreds of hardy souls braved the icy cold waters of the North Sea for the Boxing Day charity dip at Cromer, and a cheque for £4,450 has been presented to the Stroke Association.

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Cromer-based writer, broadcaster and entertainer Keith Skipper is returning to a familiar spot near home for a solo fundraising event.

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The youngsters of North Walsham are well on their way to getting a refurbished play park to replace one in the town centre that has been there since 1998.

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An intrepid brain injury survivor from north Norfolk has just completed the fourth leg of the Clipper 17/18 Round the World Yacht Race.

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History does not record whose original idea it was - but 25 years ago a group of budding thespians decided there was enough talent in a north Norfolk village to support an annual pantomime.

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Two north Norfolk men with more than 50 years’ experience of rambling between them have been given long service achievement awards.

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Thirty people fund-raised for Cromer RNLI by taking part in a fitness event on the beach and pier organised by Unity, a new gym based in Northrepps.

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Part of Cromer beach, plus a lordship going back to the Domesday Book, could be yours for £17,500.

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Another North Norfolk district councillor has quit the Conservative group, in the latest in a string of similar resignations.

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Fossil hunters are being urged to leave “well alone” pieces of ordnance that have washed up on north Norfolk beaches.

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Twenty much-needed affordable homes could be built as part of a £3.5m investment in Southrepps, near Cromer.

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Police are investigating after a suspected arson attack in Cromer.

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Michael Portillo helped a Norfolk brass band hit all the right notes for a performance on BBC Two.

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An estimated 10,000 people lined the seafront in Cromer to celebrate the start of the new year with a spectacular fireworks display.

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Commercial fishermen across the region are being urged to train to become safer on the sea, after almost 100 UK deaths in the last decade.

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Hundreds of homes are without power in north Norfolk.

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For good or for bad, he’s become synonymous with the city of Norwich - but it has been revealed that Alan Partridge almost hailed from Milton Keynes.

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Amateur photographers are again being challenged to take a great picture and “capture the spirit” of the annual New Year’s Day fireworks display at Cromer Pier.

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A Slimming World consultant from Norfolk was congratulated on helping people lose weight and change their lives by singer and TV presenter Peter Andre.

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Norfolk County Council is to apply for up to £100m in funding to make “much needed” improvements to the county’s A-roads.

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It may not have been ideal weather conditions, but the community of Mundesley turned out for the Boxing Day dip to raise money for the village’s inshore lifeboat.

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Firefighters were called to a busy Cromer street after Christmas lights fell down.

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Hundreds of hardy souls braved the icy cold waters of the North Sea for the Boxing Day dip at Cromer this morning.

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All eyes will be on the skies above Cromer Pier for the traditional New Year’s Day firework display.

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Former soldier David Rowley will once again make his way to Cromer’s new cemetery over the festive period to leave poppies on the military graves and make sure those that died are remembered.

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Capital funding for a £13.3m investment in sporting facilities in north Norfolk has been agreed by councillors.

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The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has become quite a cult figure among the young and Granny Corbyn - in the shape of a north Norfolk schoolgirl - came to the rescue in Aldborough Primary School’s Christmas show.

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Writer, broadcaster and entertainer Keith Skipper signed copies of his latest book and enjoyed a mardle at the Jarrold store in Cromer.

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High-street bank Barclays closed its branch in Tucker Street, Cromer today.

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Members of a Cromer disability support charity can look forward to a special Christmas party, thanks to a £200 donation from a local bank.

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Football fans can become part owners of Cromer Town FC for just £15.

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A teenage boy suffered a black eye and swollen cheek when he was attacked in Cromer.

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A new book from Cromer-based Poppyland Publishing digs deeper into the 19th century phenomenon that was Poppyland.

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North Norfolk is set to get a new £10m leisure centre with a swimming pool and a £2.6m indoor tennis centre with a gym.

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A £12.6m investment in state-of-the-art sporting facilities in North Norfolk will go before Cabinet councillors for approval on Monday, December 4.

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A 53-year-old man was jailed for 12 weeks for breaching an injunction not to be intoxicated or consume alcohol in Cromer.

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A fly-tipper has been fined £600 and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs after illegally dumping waste in North Norfolk.

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An intrepid brain injury survivor was reunited with his twin brother for the first time in 18 years, while on the Clipper Round the World Yacht challenge.

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The number of people seeking help at the Cromer and district foodbank rose by 15pc this year.

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Three Big Finish audio dramas - one featuring the late Sir John Hurt - have been nominated for the BBC Audio Drama Awards.

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North Norfolk publisher Peter Stibbons has received a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the literary life of the region.

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It is a popular retirement destination, as beautiful beaches and the crisp sea air draw people to the coast.

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New to Norfolk - a photographer’s view

Thursday, November 23, 2017

He’s only lived in Norfolk for a year. But Simon Bratt has already captured some of its magic with his camera.

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Learn about the Labour MP with Cromer links

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A Labour MP whose uncle was rescued off the coast of Cromer during the Second World War made a poignant visit to the town’s museum to see the lifeboat he was saved in.

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Cromer-based writer, broadcaster and entertainer Keith Skipper will be signing copies of his latest book and enjoying a mardle at the Jarrold store in Cromer on Saturday, December 9 between 11am and 1pm.

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It sometimes seems that Cromer is one of the most photographed small towns in Britain.

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An elderly man remains in hospital after suffering serious head injuries in a collision in Cromer town centre.

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Cromer has been named as one of the 15 best UK destinations for family-friendly holidays on a top travel site.

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North Norfolk really is the best place to swim with all six Blue Flag award-winning beaches judged to have excellent bathing water by the government.

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Cromer’s Craft Burger is to open a second restaurant in Norwich’s Golden Triangle

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Four Norfolk charities have had the chance to pitch projects in a ‘Dragon’s Den’-style setting.

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A long-cherished project to restore Cromer’s decaying war memorial is finally under way, after four years of fundraising.

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Dozens of people braved the torrential rain to take part in a parade through Cromer ahead of a Remembrance service in the parish church.

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Several ex-professional footballers are expected to turn out in a charity match being held in memory of an eight-year-old girl who died from lymphoma.

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Hundreds of thrill-seekers will again be taking part in the traditional Boxing Day dip in Cromer.

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Thousands upon thousands of starlings swirl through the sky on their way home to their roost.

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Blue Planet shows us some of the wonders that lie beneath the waves around the world.

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A veteran of the Arctic convoys in the Second World War who survived 12 days in a lifeboat has died, aged 95.

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Thousands of pounds paid in second homes council tax could be clawed back to support services in coastal communities.

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Concerns have been raised by Cromer town councillors about proposals announced by Norfolk police to axe the county’s 150 PCSOs, as part of a move that would save £2m.

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Take a trip down memory lane with our fabulous photographic celebration of East Anglian life through the decades. Today we take a nostalgic look back at Holt, a historic market town situated 9.5 miles West of Cromer.

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It might not be as famous as some of its competitors, but the Regal Movieplex Cinema, tucked away in Hans Place in Cromer town centre, has been nominated as best cinema for a national industry award.

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Fishing has always been one of the mainstays of the north Norfolk economy, and these archive photographs show how much it has featured in the region’s daily life.

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We take a look at the finalists in the Skills of Tomorrow category of the EDP Business Awards 2017.

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Reepham and its surrounding villages have a new police beat manager.

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A 12ft basking shark was spotted on a rare appearance in the shallow waters off the north Norfolk coast.

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A £588,000 project to build a new village hall in Trimingham is on target to be completed by next March.

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A carer at a former children’s home drove a young girl to motels and a friend’s flat where she was sexually abused.

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Protesters were out in force in Cromer today campaigning against the possible loss of NHS jobs at Benjamin Court in the town.

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More signalling experience days will be held by North Norfolk Railway (NNR) next year.

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A service of dedication led by the Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick, The Bishop of Lynn, will be held as part of Cromer crematorium’s official opening ceremony on Tuesday, October 3.

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A teenager’s karting passion led to his parents buying the local go-karting track in north Norfolk.

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Police are warning the public to be vigilant following reports of fake £20 notes circulating in Cromer yesterday.

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A new tea room in Cromer that was sufficiently controversial to raise the hackles of residents at a previous planning meeting, has been approved.

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Despite the open rivalry between the seaside towns of Sheringham and Cromer, the business community of both joined together (however briefly) to discuss the economic challenges which both their tourist-driven economies face.

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It is a case of hop, hop hooray for 10-year-old Holly Mckenna who we can today reveal is the winner of our design-a-GoGoHare competition.

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Business leaders in North Norfolk will be discussing the district’s commercial future at a meeting in Sheringham next week.

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Tributes have been paid to David Shepherd, the former owner of North Norfolk Railway’s (NNR) popular Black Prince locomotive, who has died.

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They are just a few miles apart and rivalry between Sheringham and Cromer in north Norfolk has always been intense.

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Thousands of pounds have been raised to help fund an Admiral Nurse for north Norfolk for the next two years, including £6,250 coming from the North Norfolk Rotary club.

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Four friends took part in a great adventure when they cycled from one animal sanctuary to another wearing animal-themed fancy dress to raise money.

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Five friends wearing animal-themed fancy dress are cycling 30 miles from one animal sanctuary to another to raise money.

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A new steak and seafood restaurant where you cook your own food using the hot stones system is coming to Cromer.

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Motorists are being urged to check their dash-cam footage after a trailer was stolen in Felbrigg, near Cromer.

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It will be another five weeks before a police review into what happened during a “lawless” weekend in Cromer will be ready, a meeting heard.

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Calls have been made for a Norfolk councillor to be reprimanded and removed from a position of leadership at a parish council, after she was found to have breached the code of conduct.

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A petition against Costa Coffee opening in Cromer has been launched by the town’s business chamber.

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Road safety and speeding will be top of the agenda at a special police accountability forum meeting in Broadland on Tuesday, September 12.

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