‘Back to how it should be’ - Sun shines on Cromer as town opens its doors to the World Pier Crabbing Championships
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Bright sunshine, the crabbing world championships and a defiant community spirit helped to ensure last weekend's troubles in Cromer are now a distant memory for many in the town.
While questions still remain over the police's response to the disorder, with Chief Constable Simon Bailey promising a full review, a packed Bank Holiday weekend emphatically showed how the town has bounced back.
Eerily quiet streets from a week ago were replaced with scenes of locals and tourists enjoying all that the charming seaside town has to offer.
Cromer mayor John Frosdick, who was attending the seventh annual World Pier Crabbing Championships, said: 'It's really good to see Cromer back to how it should be.
'Last weekend was a one off - we've had Travellers here before many times, who have usually been well behaved.
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'The crabbing world championships were just what the town needed. It's a wonderful event and there are so many hard-working volunteers who make it happen.'
The World Pier Crabbing Championships and Porthole Auction were organised by the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival Committee.
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Chairman Tony Shipp said: 'We've had a really good year with more than 100 entries and lots of people enjoying themselves.'
He added: 'Cromer is back to its old self.
'Obviously, for those affected by the troubles, it will remain in the back of their minds, but overall the town has moved on.'
An increased police presence was visible in Cromer over the Bank Holiday Weekend following a spate of crimes, linked to a group of Travellers a week earlier, which prompted several businesses to close on what should have been one of the town's busiest weekends of the year,
Nick Copeman, manager of The Wellington pub, shut his premises early last weekend after a group of Travellers tried to pull him over the bar.
He said: 'It's been business as usual. The town has been packed - the people of Cromer are a resilient bunch.
'Every single business in Cromer was disappointed with the police last weekend, but they have been in a few times to check everything is okay and the police chief is coming to see me today. We will wait to see if things change in the future.'