“She got it right”- Mundesley council overjoyed by Village of the Year nomination
- Credit: Nadine Gray
Mundesley hit headlines this month having reached the semi finals of a national TV programme: Penelope Keith's Village of the Year.
The north Norfolk village was nominated by the village's parish clerk, and reached the semis for the South Eastern region.
In her introduction to the village, actress Mrs Keith said: 'We're heading to beautiful Mundesley, a lovely historic seaside village.
'There's nothing better than a day at the seaside, and this next village doesn't just boast an award winning beach, it's the villagers themselves who deserve a medal.'
Leader of the Mundesley Parish Council, David Harding said: 'We think she got it right. In fact the back and coastline are so important to the village, that the parish council has recently pledged £20,000 to the North Norfolk Coastal Protection Scheme.'
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He attributed the villages' success in the show to the residents themselves, saying: 'What makes it really special are its village volunteers. The inshore lifeboat, the coastwatch, boot sale and museum all rely heavily on voluntary workers who man them and fundraise.
'There's lots going on, an open environment with people encouraged to get involved.'
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In the programme archaeologist Alex Langlands said: 'This village is starting to rub off on me actually, this use of people power which I am seeing everywhere with people choosing to take on this level of responsibility.'
Mr Harding also said the multi-age facilities for fitness and wellbeing was another.
The chairman added: 'Other events in the village include the annual Soap Box Derby, the Christmas Fayre with a visit from Santa, a 'Light up Mundesley' competition, a 'Rock in the Park' event, a Brass Quintet on the esplanade and Wurlitzer concerts.
'These are just some of the reasons Mundesley came through to the semi finals.'
Mr Harding also thanked the parish clerk for helping to organise contacts for Channel 4's filming team: 'Our excellent Parish Clerk worked hard to ensure many people contributed to the filming.
'Of course, it was left to the Channel 4 editing team to select the final shots for the programmes from their many films made during their visits to our village.'