Cromer Carnival gets off to a flying start with blue skies, bonny babies and knobbly knees by the dozen

Bonny baby nine-12-month winner Maxwell Brown with dad Carl.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Bonny baby nine-12-month winner Maxwell Brown with dad Carl.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Cromer Carnival's opening weekend got off to a glorious start, with blue skies, bonny babies and knobbly knees by the dozen.

Children's fancy dress competition entrants Ivy, Hazel and Nathan Broughton with their cousin Henry,

Children's fancy dress competition entrants Ivy, Hazel and Nathan Broughton with their cousin Henry, 12 months.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Crowds in their hundreds turned out to the carnival field on Saturday, with a giant car boot sale doing a brisk trade and food and drink stands serving queues of customers throughout the day.

Attractions included a funfair, stalls, a mini beer festival and a craft fair, with the main arena hosting a dog agility display from Norfolk Dog Training Society and a demonstration and novelty dog show run by Holt Dog Training Club.

Glamorous grandmother competition winner Helen Ferguson (left) and runner up Ann Burr with Miss Crom

Glamorous grandmother competition winner Helen Ferguson (left) and runner up Ann Burr with Miss Cromer Emma Thompson.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

A bake-off competition organised for the third year running by carnival committee members Julie Brooks and Luke Evans attracted creative confections ranging from beefburger cupcakes and a summer barbecue sponge, to a celebration cake depicting the Red Arrows flying over Cromer, while carnival-goers were also invited to bring their family heirlooms along to be valued at an Antiques Roadshow-style stall run by Keys of Aylsham.

The fun continued into the evening with a family night featuring music, magic and a chance for youngsters to have their picture taken with characters from the TV show Paw Patrol.

Glamorous grandmother competition entrant Linda Padmore with twin granddaughters Orla and Annabelle,

Glamorous grandmother competition entrant Linda Padmore with twin granddaughters Orla and Annabelle, 3.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Sunday featured a fun-packed programme of events on the carnival field, kicking off with a bonny baby competition attracting more than 40 entrants aged from just eight days, to 12 months.

Other events included a children's fancy dress parade, as well as a glamorous grandmother contest featuring a surprise entry from Cromer town councillor Andreas Yiasimi, who donned a sequinned dress and blonde wig to compete as former catwalk model 'Julie B'.

Miss Cromer Emma Thompson tests Leofric Salisbury's knees for knobbliness.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Miss Cromer Emma Thompson tests Leofric Salisbury's knees for knobbliness.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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Carnival-goers also lined up to take part in a knobbly knees competition, while arena events ranged from a motorbike and trike cavalcade to a custom America car show.

Sunday's evening programme included a wine tasting session and a World Association of Wrestling show.

Bonny baby nine-12-month winner Maxwell Brown with dad Carl.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Bonny baby nine-12-month winner Maxwell Brown with dad Carl.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Carnival chairman Tony Shipp, who this year celebrates his 48th year at the helm of the annual event, said: 'We have had a full programme and a great turnout so far and everybody seems to have a smile on their face. We are now just hoping the weather holds out for the rest of the week.'

Bonny baby six-nine-month winner Fred Kilian with mum Abi.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Bonny baby six-nine-month winner Fred Kilian with mum Abi.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Bonny baby nine-12-month girls winner Maya with mum Maryanne.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Bonny baby nine-12-month girls winner Maya with mum Maryanne.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Children's fancy dress competition entrant Elsie Davis, 3, as Miss Cromer.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Children's fancy dress competition entrant Elsie Davis, 3, as Miss Cromer.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Children's fancy dress competition entrants Freya Veasey, six months, and Emily Davis, 14 months as

Children's fancy dress competition entrants Freya Veasey, six months, and Emily Davis, 14 months as carnival attendants.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Bonny baby entrants line up for judging.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Bonny baby entrants line up for judging.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Glamorous grandmother winner Helen Ferguson.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Glamorous grandmother winner Helen Ferguson.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Chantelle Craske and proud nanny Maxine with 16-day-old twins Matilda and Saskia-Rose.Photo: KAREN B

Chantelle Craske and proud nanny Maxine with 16-day-old twins Matilda and Saskia-Rose.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Bonny baby entrants line up for judging.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Bonny baby entrants line up for judging.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Miss Cromer Emma Thompson and senior attendant Amy Gibson judging the knobbly knees contest. Photo:

Miss Cromer Emma Thompson and senior attendant Amy Gibson judging the knobbly knees contest. Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Miss Cromer Emma Thompson and senior attendant Amy Gibson judging the knobbly knees contest. Photo:

Miss Cromer Emma Thompson and senior attendant Amy Gibson judging the knobbly knees contest. Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Miss Cromer Emma Thompson and senior attendant Amy Gibson judging the knobbly knees contest. Photo:

Miss Cromer Emma Thompson and senior attendant Amy Gibson judging the knobbly knees contest. Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Cromer town councillor and carnival photographer Andreas Yiasimi dressed to impress in the glamorous

Cromer town councillor and carnival photographer Andreas Yiasimi dressed to impress in the glamorous grandmother competition.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Cromer town councillor and carnival photographer Andreas Yiasimi dressed to impress in the glamorous

Cromer town councillor and carnival photographer Andreas Yiasimi dressed to impress in the glamorous grandmother competition.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Cromer Carnival children's fancy dress competition.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer Carnival children's fancy dress competition.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Cromer Carnival children's fancy dress competition.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer Carnival children's fancy dress competition.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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