Cromer shanty band make final musical donation to Norfolk’s Big C - in memory of Cromer mum - and air ambulance

A popular north Norfolk shanty band have played their final generous tune after donating more than �3,000 to two charities.

The Cromer Smugglers disbanded after their last stage appearance at 2011's Crab and Lobster Festival.

But after bowing out they still had money left in their collective charitable pot and decided to split the cash between the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Big C cancer group - which will be receiving the money in memory of a Cromer mum who died from the disease.

Jayne Lee passed away 10 years ago on her 34th birthday after suffering from breast cancer, leaving husband Mike and sons Danny, 23, Callum, 22 and Josh, 21.

Band members, including her brother Paul Wegg who founded the Smugglers, decided to give half the money in her memory and this month handed over a cheque for �1,650 to Mr Lee to pass onto the Big C.


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He said: 'It was a nice surprise that they thought of doing it in her memory. A couple of years ago I did the Norwich 100 (bike ride) and raised a bit for the Big C so it's nice for them to help them again.'

The Smugglers formed in 1993 with the sole aim of raising money for charity. During their history they raised more than �60,000 for various groups with their performances across the county, and further afield at maritime festivals both in the UK and abroad.

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