Cromer’s celebration of the ‘60s could be expanded next year

Cromer 1960's nostalgia event.
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Cromer 1960's nostalgia event. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Whether you were a fan of the Beatles, Thunderbirds, vintage scooters, or just liked cheap beer, the Cromer '60s festival had it all.

Elly Ellwood and Rob Graham enjoy the Cromer 1960's nostalgia event.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Elly Ellwood and Rob Graham enjoy the Cromer 1960's nostalgia event. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

About 2500 people enjoyed the first festival in the town to celebrate the Sixties on the pier and promenade on Sunday, April 23.

Everywhere you looked there was someone dressed as a Mod or a Rocker, a flower power hippie, or, in the case of North Norfolk District councillor Nigel Pearce, a member of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

It was so successful that the one-day event could be expanded into a weekend of nostalgia next year.

Cromer Pier general manager Francis Guildea said: 'For our first year we could not have anticipated the crowds that have come. We would like to develop it into a weekend event next year.'

Tina and Bill Blackman enjoying the Cromer 1960's nostalgia event.
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Tina and Bill Blackman enjoying the Cromer 1960's nostalgia event. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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The event was opened by former Anglia and current Mustard TV presenter Helen McDermott.

Although she was born in 1954 and was probably too young to fully appreciate the decade the first-time around, she said she was a big fan of the Sixties.

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She said: 'I was a Beatles fan, but not one of the screaming fans. But I very much like the 1960s and I would like to go back to that time now.'

Mr Pearce said he had the idea for the event, but it took about 18 months to get it off the ground.

Cromer 1960's nostalgia event.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Cromer 1960's nostalgia event. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

'It's been very successful and it was heaving out there,' he said.

He brought along his fantastic collection of photographs, books and memorabilia dedicated to the Beatles, which was among the attractions at the festival.

Maggie Prior, NNDC's cabinet member for culture, leisure, health and wellbeing, said: 'It was an excellent turn-out. It was beautiful weather in the morning, which helped. We have had some fantastic bands and it's been chock a-full.

'The £1 a pint bar was very popular. People of all ages turned up, which is what we wanted, and everybody looked very happy.

Cromer 1960's nostalgia event.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Cromer 1960's nostalgia event. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

'It's something different on the coast.'

Photographs and memorabilia dedicated to the Thunderbirds producer, Gerry Anderson, was also a big draw.

And Rock The Lobster, a charitable group promoting unseen and unheard musical talent, played songs from the 60s.

Cromer 1960's nostalgia event.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Cromer 1960's nostalgia event. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Hannah Northedge entertains at the Cromer 1960's nostalgia event.
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Hannah Northedge entertains at the Cromer 1960's nostalgia event. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Teddy Boy: Roger Clarke enjoying the Cromer 1960's nostalgia event.
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Teddy Boy: Roger Clarke enjoying the Cromer 1960's nostalgia event. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Old rockers enjoy the Cromer 1960's nostalgia event.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Old rockers enjoy the Cromer 1960's nostalgia event. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Cromer 1960's nostalgia event.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Cromer 1960's nostalgia event. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

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