Cromer is set to lose its road train

A distinctive summer attraction that has snaked around the streets of Cromer for eight seasons is set to be missing this year.

In February, bids of �30-40,000 were invited to buy the Cromer road train, which had been operated by two local men before being bought back by its original owner Bob Tonks, director of Tonkatrains in Bromsgrove.

However, to Mr Tonks's surprise, there have been no bids for the vehicle, and it is set to remain in his warehouse this season.

The businessman, whose firm buys and operates used land trains, has now reduced the asking price to below �30,000 - and is prepared to lease it if people don't want to buy it outright.

He said: 'I'm rather surprised that I haven't had any interest from anyone wishing to operate the road train at Cromer.

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'Cromer is such a lovely resort. I think it's the best resort on that stretch of the coast. I'm also told that it's quite a lucrative operation, which I'm sure it is.'

He added: 'I haven't had any interest at all. We've now reduced the price to under �30,000 to buy it. And we are also prepared to put it out for people to rent to use at Cromer.

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'We've left it in its Cromer livery because we really were hoping to get some interest.'

The road train has for eight years taken passengers around the town and along the promenade during the tourist season.

Mr Tonks also supplied the road train at Hunstanton and the ones at Great Yarmouth. Anyone interested in the Cromer road train can call him on 0121 475 6559.

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