‘Captain Shannock’ on look-out for a mascot

A competition to design a mascot for Sheringham carnival has attracted more than 100 entries, with ideas dreamed up by local youngsters ranging from crabs to mermaids.

Carnival press officer Sharon Bowen donned a 'Captain Shannock' costume before visiting local schools Woodfields and Sheringham Primary to collect paintings and drawings with carnival secretary Paula Popham.

The competition will be judged by committee members, with the top three designs receiving pirate-themed prizes and the winning entry turned into a parade day costume.

Other competitions for this year's event include an art, literary and photographic challenge, with local people of all ages asked to submit sea-themed poems, short stories, paintings or photographs.

Prizes included a one-to-one masterclass with photographer Chris Taylor, signed books written by local authors, art supplies and book tokens.

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Local girls aged 16 and over are invited to attend the carnival queen selection dance, which will be held at the Tyneside Club in Station Road on April 15 at 7.30pm.

All entrants, who should live within three miles of St Peter's Church, will receive a gift, with the carnival queen presented with a cheque for �150 and the two girls picked as attendants receiving �100 each.

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More information about carnival events and competitions can be found at www.sheringhamcarnival.com

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