Bumper turnout to boost Cromer Carnival’s volunteer army

Cromer Carnival is set to be boosted by another bumper turnout from the volunteers who make the annual event tick.

Wednesday's helpers' meeting saw more than 50 people step forward to show their support for the carnival, which is in its 43rd year and which takes place from August 11 to 17.

At the start of the meeting, chairman Tony Shipp reported that the carnival had given away over �3,000 to local charities from funds raised last year. This included donations to Cromer Coastguard, the School of Youth Gymnastics in Northrepps, RNLI Cromer, the Cromer Hospital Dialysis Patient Fund and many other charitable causes.

Mr Shipp thanked all the helpers for their hard work in 2011 and welcomed new and existing volunteers to the meeting.

It was reported that over the past year the carnival team had taken part in many other community events, such as the New Year's Day fireworks and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Mr Shipp thanked Tony West and Libby Clohisey for the party on the pier over the jubilee weekend.

Despite the bumper turnout at The Cottage, the committee is still looking for more volunteers to help with the setup of the carnival field, manning the tea tent, manning the gates, bucket collecting and marshalling the parade.

Anyone interested, call 01263 512591 or fill in a form at www.cromercarnival.co.uk

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