Cromer crowned Pier of the Year at opening night ceremony

Presentation of Pier of The Year award to Cromer Pier which won national Pier of the Year 2015. Awar

Presentation of Pier of The Year award to Cromer Pier which won national Pier of the Year 2015. Award will officially be presented at the end of the first night's show on Saturday Evening. Pictured with the award from left Tim Wardley (Chairman of the National Piers Society), Annie Claussen-Reynolds (Chairman of NNDC), Jo Artherton (Pier Manager) flanked by dancers and performers from the Cromer Pier Show.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Britain's best pier was formally crowned on the opening night of Cromer's famous seaside variety show.

Tim Wardley, chairman of the National Piers Society, handed over a framed certificate to owners North Norfolk District Council, confirming Cromer's title as Pier of the Year 2015.

Mr Wardley, who was among VIPs at the Cromer Pier Show's opening performance, said he could not think of a more worthy winner, chosen by society members.

He praised the council for continuing to maintain and support the pier which he said was in 'excellent order', adding:

'The National Piers Society's members remember well the devastation of the storms in December 2013 and recognise the enormous work by both North Norfolk District Council and Openwide (the firm which manages the pier for the council) to ensure that the show went on.'

He also presented a special award to producer Rory Holburn, of Openwide, and pier manager Jo Artherton.

Mr Wardley said Openwide had brought West End production values to the north Norfolk coast with the pier show which was the last all-season variety show of it kind in the world.

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Council leader Tom FitzPatrick said they were delighted with the accolade.

A lot of money and effort had been spent getting the pier up and running again within five days of the tidal surge and it now had an improved new box office and restaurant.

Mr FitzPatrick added: 'Cromer Pier is an iconic landmark for the whole of the north Norfolk coast, and one of our most important assets.'

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