Cromer showcases community life and heroes

Cromer people can honour their local unsung heroes, find out about their town, and get an update on two major projects at the annual open day and meeting next Thursday April 7.

During the day the parish hall local groups will be manning displays to showcase the work they do in town from 11am to 5pm.

More than 30 stands reflecting local life will include the lifeboats and coastguards, police, crab and lobster festival, Royal British Legion, Age UK, Scouts, amateur dramatics, flower and bowls clubs and the church.

In the evening from 7pm the annual town meeting includes an update on what is happening with the bid to revive Cromer's disused bus station and with the ongoing �15m rebuild of the town's hospital.

People can question their town councillors on local issues, and a range of organisations will receive donations from the New Year's Day fireworks.


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Mayor Yvonne Nolan will present the Cromer Honours which reward the community work of local individuals and groups.

Winners this year are:

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Tony West and Libby Clohisey - for running carnival children's events

Ivan Spruce - who is retiring after 40 years work on the town's parks and gardens

Cromer 1895 Sqn Air Cadets - for 69 years of disciplined youth work

Cindy Dennis - for 18 years as secretary running the Cromer Charity Darts league which has raised �20,000 for local causes

Mary Northway - for community and voluntary work including 12 years as a town councillor, chairing the hospital friends, and a member of Rotary and the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Canon Derek Elton - for community work including helping restore the signal box, cemetery chapel and campaigning for the bus station.

Olive Wass - for hard work with the North Norfolk Hotel and Guest House Association, Cromer in Bloom, and member of the town publicity committee.

The meeting is due to finish at 9.30pm, and doors open at 6.30pm.

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