Date revealed for next year's Norfolk Day celebrations
PUBLISHED: 06:43 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 06:44 31 July 2018
Archant Norfolk 2018
We're doing it all again next year!
Flags were waving in force and communities pulled together for the first-ever Norfolk Day on Friday.
And due to its success, it will take place on Saturday, July 27 next year.
The inaugural celebratory occasion saw thousands of people, from babies to the elderly, showing their pride in the county at nearly 300 events.
Norfolk Day was an idea of the EDP, Norwich Evening News and BBC Radio Norfolk.
It was a chance for people to shout about the great things going on in the county, its varied communities and businesses, charities and organisations.
David Powles, editor-in-chief of the EDP and Norwich Evening News, said: “Wow is all I can say after such a vibrant and exciting Norfolk Day. Hundreds of people got behind the day which proved to be a hit across a variety of communities and businesses. Norfolk Day’s biggest success was bringing people together and celebrating the best of county life. I am so happy people embraced the idea and look forward to celebrating more Norfolk Days in the future.”
Aspects of daily life from locally-produced food and drink and heritage were on show.
There were discussions on business innovation as well as tackling mental health wellbeing and loneliness.
Families and different generations could take part in different sporting activities and cultural events from live music to crafts.
Traditional street parties, village fetes and strong representations from groups at the heart of communities, including the Women’s Institute, brought scores of people together.
And dozens of businesses opened their doors showcasing what they do best as well as publicising Norfolk products.
Chris Sargisson, chief executive of Norfolk Chamber of Commerce and one of the Norfolk Day ambassadors, said: “It is fantastic to see the huge success of Norfolk Day, from the community events to businesses getting into the spirit of the day.
“But for the Norfolk business community, every day is Norfolk Day.
“We all need to capitalise on the brilliant work of today and continue to proactively promote what a great place Norfolk is to do business.”