Cromer Carnival draws to a close with illuminated procession and spectacular fireworks display
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Cromer Carnival drew to a spectacular close, with an illuminated procession through the town, followed by a dazzling fireworks display over the pier and sea.
Afternoon rain meant a children's tea party had to be moved from Evington Lawns to the carnival marquee, but the skies cleared later in the day and thousands turned out to watch early evening events on the carnival field, ranging from a model aircraft display, to the traditional Cromer Vs Sheringham tug-of-war which, to the delight of Sheringham Carnival chairman Stuart McClean, was won by the Sheringham team for the fifth year running.
Youngsters also lined up to sit at the controls of a fire engine and try out firefighting equipment brought along by local emergency services staff, with adults having a chance to try their hand at crab dressing, take part in the carnival fun run, or listen to live music from local band Bloodshake Chorus.
The procession, which featured decorated umbrellas, dancing clowns and a fleet of Citroen 2CVs brought along by car club members attending a rally at North Walsham High School, wound its way through the town to the delight of crowds, before gathering at Runton Road for the fireworks, which were hailed the 'best yet' by onlookers.
Sandra Shipp, whose husband Tony is carnival chairman, sold glow sticks and torches from the parade assembly point at the Meadow car park.
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She said that, with its 'relaxed, family atmosphere', the illuminated procession had become one of the highlights of the week.
'The picnic was very well attended in spite of the weather and the parade just gets bigger every year,' she added. 'The imagination and ideas people have are fantastic and it's just lovely to see everybody enjoying themselves, which is what carnival is all about.'
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The carnival comes to a close today with crab catching on the pier, followed by a treasure hunt around the town at 2pm and a fancy dress dance in the carnival marquee at 8pm, with a special cup for the best dressed in memory of carnival stalwart Simon Hedge.