Schoolgirl’s winning design sums up Cromer in a glass jewellery bead

Juliet Price-Thomas of Cromer who won the competition to design a Nalu surf bead for Cromer. Picture

Juliet Price-Thomas of Cromer who won the competition to design a Nalu surf bead for Cromer. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A glass bead designed by a Cromer schoolgirl is set to go on sale around the world - helping to put the resort on the surf map.

Juliet Price-Thomas' winning Cromer surf bead design. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Juliet Price-Thomas' winning Cromer surf bead design. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Eleven-year-old Juliet Price-Thomas won a competition to design a bead that summed up the town.

Now it will be made, from Italian glass, and go on sale to collectors around the globe - sitting along creations representing iconic surfing venues from Australia, Maui and the Maldives to Cornwall.

Roughton primary pupil Juliet carefully chose her design to sum up Cromer's surfing vibe.

It has blue waves, raised yellow suns, and snaking orange bands representing a surf board's movement which also come together like crab claws.

Juliet Price-Thomas of Cromer who won the competition to design and Nalu surf bead for Cromer pictur

Juliet Price-Thomas of Cromer who won the competition to design and Nalu surf bead for Cromer pictured at the Wet Dog Surf Shop in the town with her winning design and other Nalu surf beads, also pictured is Phil Weston of the shop.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE


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She was chosen to have her design made by Nalu, through a competition run by Cromer's Wet Dog Surf Shop.

Owner Phil Weston said : 'Juliet's design is great. It encapsulates everything that is Cromer.'

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The youngster, from Cross Street, who is keen bodyboarder, said: 'We researched it, so the design was also simple enough to be put on to a glass bead.

'I didn't expect to win. I saw there were loads of entries - and mine was the last. I took it in just a few minutes before the shop shut on the last day for entries.

'It is really cool to know my bead can be sold around the world - and it is nice that there is now one for Cromer.'

Her design skills run in the family. Her dad Michael works in print and design, while her late grandad Brian, who was from

Cromer, illustrated Ladybird children's books.

Juliet will be given a free version of her bead, which will be available soon and in stock at the Wet Dog Surf Shop.

She also won £100 worth of Nalu thongs and other beads from around the world.

But the other four in the top five finalists - Avril Williamson, Hanna McArthur, Rachel Hallwood and Melanie Rice - were so good they were also given three-bead bracelets.

Find out more at www.wetdogsurfshop.co.uk and www.nalubeads.com

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