Countdown to Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival deckchair auction

People will soon get the chance to get their claws on their very own decorated deckchair.

But time is running out for the public to see the 124 colourful chairs, which have been spread across North Norfolk since April to mark the 2nd Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival.

The deckchairs, which are mainly in Cromer and Sheringham but also in other North Norfolk towns and villages, will be in place until Sunday August 21.

They will all then go into the grand deckchair charity auction to raisde money for the Fishermen's Mission, RNLI Cromer and RNLI Sheringham.

The auction will be held on bank holiday Sunday August 28 at 2pm on Cromer Pier forecourt.

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It will be the first and only time people will have a chance to see all 124 deckchairs displayed together. They will be on view from 10am on the day of the auction.

The 124 lots, sponsored by local businesses and decorated by local people, include deckchairs done up by artists Lizzie Riches, Kit Wade and David Morris, Dianne Lindsay, Kate Royall and Anna-Lise Horsley.

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Schools, youth groups, business, organisations and other talented local people have produced an array of quirky deckchairs from Royal wedding-inspired and crossword crazy chairs. People have painted, knitted, printed, sewn, adorned and transformed their deckchairs in various ways.

Included in the sale are the four giant deckchairs which have featured in the trail. These have been handmade by the Open Door Art Project in Sheringham for the festival.

Festival chairman Tony Shipp said: 'The 2011 Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival has again shown the popularity of this early season event.

'Hundreds of visitors and local families have followed the deckchair trail through both towns throughout the summer.'

The festival is estimated to have attracted 20,000 visitors to the two coastal towns.

Festival secretary Kate Royall said: 'Following in the footsteps of the crab and lobster sculptures in 2010 we had no idea there would be such a wonderful take-up this year, but thanks to the generosity of sponsors and talents of local people there are over 120 wonderful deckchairs on the trail which continues to bring many people to the area.'

In 2012 the festival will run from May 18-20. Sponsorship opportunities are now available. Please contact festival secretary Kate Royall on 07775 337201 or email

People can pick up a trail leaflet and follow the trail. Collect the symbols attached to each chair and enter the prize draw to win a one-week family holiday at Kelling Heath Holiday Park.

The deadline for entries into the prize draw is Wednesday August 24. Entries can be submitted at Cromer or Sheringham tourist information centres or online at

Winners of the trail's prize draw will be announced at the Auction.

Auction bidders must be pre-registered, and the festival team will be on Cromer prom to register anyone interested in bidding from 10am on the day of the Auction.

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