Claws for celebration for new world crabbing champions

The World Crabbing Championships and Beach Hut Auction take place on Cromer Pier.World Champions Dav

The World Crabbing Championships and Beach Hut Auction take place on Cromer Pier.World Champions David Porter with his daughters Daisy and Holly and Rachael Kirkham. Photo: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Despite choppy conditions on Cromer beach, the annual World Pier Crabbing Championships had a record turnout this year as dozens tried their hand at catching the town's famous delicacy.

The World Crabbing Championships and Beach Hut Auction take place on Cromer Pier. Photo: Sonya Dunca

The World Crabbing Championships and Beach Hut Auction take place on Cromer Pier. Photo: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Hosted as part of the Crab and Lobster Festival, the championship has now been running for seven years and attracts keen crabbers from all over the country.

The World Crabbing Championships and Beach Hut Auction take place on Cromer Pier. Photo: Sonya Dunca

The World Crabbing Championships and Beach Hut Auction take place on Cromer Pier. Photo: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Teams were being registered right up to the wire as the competition began in earnest, with winners announced every hour.

David Porter, 47, from Norwich, scooped a top prize along with his team Daisy Porter, 12, Olly Porter, 10, and Rachael Kirkham, 48.

'I came fishing on the pier last year and missed these championships by a week, so we made sure we were able to come along this year,' he said. 'I went up to Angling Direct and spoke to a gentleman there to get the best bait, and we picked up some squid and dried shrimp and got all our tackle together.


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'It was very difficult conditions out there but we managed to get eight on a line.

'I adore the coast so I often roll up here to have a cup of tea. I just think we are blessed with the coast line we have in our county.'

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Tony Shipp, organiser and chairman of the Crab and Lobster Festival, said the turnout had been 'the best we have had'.

'Catching crabs at Cromer has always proved very popular, and has become even more popular, I think, since we started this competition,' he said.

'There were teams of four in lots of cases so I would expect we are looking at around 150 people taking part. In terms of space for Cromer pier that is quite a good number.'

After lines had been pulled from the water, the afternoon at Cromer pier was capped off with an auction of more than 100 decorated beach huts.

The huts were built by users of local charity About With Friends.

About £6,500 was raised, with the highest bid of £1,000 for a hut featuring work of local artists Bob Crook, Robert Downie and Samuel. The proceeds will be given out in grants to local projects.

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