Cromer Hospital celebrates 150 years of caring with fun for all the family

All the fun of the fair at Cromer Hospital's 150th anniversary fete. From left: Hospital matron Anit

All the fun of the fair at Cromer Hospital's 150th anniversary fete. From left: Hospital matron Anita Martins, Friends group chairman Mary Northway, 'Winston Churchill' James Folan and Cromer mayor John Frosdick. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Cromer Hospital celebrated a century-a-half of caring for the local community, at a family-orientated fete featuring games, stalls and a Bake-Off-style cake competition.

All the fun of the fair at Cromer Hospital's 150th anniversary fete. From left: Hospital matron Anit

All the fun of the fair at Cromer Hospital's 150th anniversary fete. From left: Hospital matron Anita Martins, Friends group chairman Mary Northway, 'Winston Churchill' James Folan and Cromer mayor John Frosdick. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Organised by hospital staff to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the town hospital, the event, which was opened by BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Chrissie Jackson, also included history displays, a car boot sale, a barbecue and entertainment from Marlene's School of Dance and well-known local clowns Razz and Auntie Pearl.

Visitors also had a chance to try on medieval armour, visit a craft fair set up in the Allies eye unit, and find out about the history of the hospital, which was originally housed in a pair of cottages on Louden Road.

All the fun of the fair at Cromer Hospital's 150th anniversary fete. From left: Hospital matron Anit

All the fun of the fair at Cromer Hospital's 150th anniversary fete. From left: Hospital matron Anita Martins, Friends group chairman Mary Northway, 'Winston Churchill' James Folan and Cromer mayor John Frosdick. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Iain Young, who is operations manager at the Mill Road site, said the annual fete, which is a hospital tradition stretching back around 25 years, raised upwards of £3,500 a year for 'extras'.

'Cromer Hospital is a north Norfolk focal point and, because of its history, it is really important to celebrate the 150th anniversary,' he added. 'All the fundraising done over many years has gone towards the hospital's development and I think we need to continue that.'

All the fun of the fair at Cromer Hospital's 150th anniversary fete. From left: Hospital matron Anit

All the fun of the fair at Cromer Hospital's 150th anniversary fete. From left: Hospital matron Anita Martins, Friends group chairman Mary Northway, 'Winston Churchill' James Folan and Cromer mayor John Frosdick. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant


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An added attraction at the fete was a fairground carousel brought along by Charles Appleton and Robert Edwards at the request of hospital fundraising stalwart Mary Northway.

The pair, who have supported Cromer carnival for 25 years by donating the proceeds of rides, treated Mrs Northway, Cromer mayor John Frosdick and hospital matron Anita Martins to a spin on the historic carousel.

All the fun of the fair at Cromer Hospital's 150th anniversary fete. From left: Hospital matron Anit

All the fun of the fair at Cromer Hospital's 150th anniversary fete. From left: Hospital matron Anita Martins, Friends group chairman Mary Northway, 'Winston Churchill' James Folan and Cromer mayor John Frosdick. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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Mrs Northway, who received an 'unsung heroes' award from Cromer Town Council in 2011 for community work including 12 years as a town councillor and volunteering with the Citizens Advice Bureau, has been chairman of Cromer Hospital's Friends group for more than 15 years.

'It is just something I enjoy doing and I have supported the hospital for longer than I can remember,' she said.

All the fun of the fair at Cromer Hospital's 150th anniversary fete. From left: Hospital matron Anit

All the fun of the fair at Cromer Hospital's 150th anniversary fete. From left: Hospital matron Anita Martins, Friends group chairman Mary Northway, 'Winston Churchill' James Folan and Cromer mayor John Frosdick. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Ms Martins, who ran a stall selling Cromer Hospital pens, bags and history booklets, said: 'We wanted this year's fete to be an extra-special celebration; the heritage of the hospital is very important to the town and without the good work done in the past, we wouldn't be here today.'

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