Crowds flock to North Walsham fun day

Sun and fun combined to bring the crowds out to a growing summer charity event in North Walsham.

The second annual fun day on the Memorial Park attracted more stalls and visitors as the event seeks to plug a gap left by the lack of a town carnival.

And the venture will bring a boost to the charity coffers of the Christmas lights committee and local Lions club who joined forces to organise it.

Arena action ranged from BMX and belly dancing to martial arts and maypole dancing.

Classic cars joined tractors and trucks provided a treat for 'petrolheads', while dogs were put through their paces on an agility course, and there was live music from the Ugly Dog Skiffle Band, Hello Bear and Big Black Cadillac.

Lights committee member Dave Robertson said the day's excellent weather boosted numbs from last year, and the event's 64 stalls were 15 more than last summer, so it was growing.

Last year the Lions and lights each earned �450 from the day, while stands earned funds for their own causes.

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The money was very important to the lights organisers who needed to generate �1,000 a year to maintain and improve displays, and relied mainly on the fun day and switch on night for the income, said Mr Robertson.

But the day was mainly about getting the community out to fill the vacuum left by the absence of the carnival in recent years.

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