HAPPY NORFOLK DAY! Why this year is set to be even bigger and better than the last
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Here we go again!
It seems crazy to think that it was a full year ago we were gearing up for the first ever Norfolk Day.
At the time I remember writing an introductory piece with a mixture of excitement and nerves.
Excited to see a long-running project and idea come to fruition, but nervous in case it flopped.
As humans we're all too often conditioned to think the worst and all I could envisage was the feeling of disappointment I'd have the day after if very few events took place and no-one made the most of what I believe is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Norfolk and bring people together.
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Of course I needn't have worried, because hundreds, maybe even thousands, of you clearly shared my belief in the idea of a Norfolk Day and either got involved in setting something up - or attended one of the 300 or so events.
We knew after the success of Norfolk Day 2018, there would have to be a Norfolk Day 2019.
- 1 Boss who boasted of lavish lifestyle is bankrupt with £100k debts
- 2 Police action over 'slavery' flag flying in Norwich garden
- 3 Garage owner has five months to clear site or face jail
- 4 'It was divine' - Why this seafood platter is receiving rave reviews online
- 5 ‘You’re trespassing’ - What happened when we gave Matt Hancock QEH petition
- 6 'Shocked' couple almost given wrong Covid jab
- 7 Six North Norfolk beaches awarded blue flag status for summer 2021
- 8 Owners put Tudor mansion wedding venue up for sale for £3.9m
- 9 Firefighters ripping out thatch to stop house fire spreading
- 10 City draw up target list
And this time round there are no nerves (okay perhaps the weather is something to be nervous about) because over the last few months it's been an absolute joy to see people putting their thinking caps on and embracing ways they can make Norfolk Day work for them and their respective community.
We've always said that Norfolk Day would be what people made it and I'm delighted that message has been responded to in such a fantastic way.
This year, not only do we have the benefit of it being on a Saturday so even more people can get out and about - we've also had some major events get in on the act and support Norfolk Day in any way they can.
Norwich Pride, Old Buckenham Airshow, the Gorleston Clifftop Festival and Worstead Festival are just some of the bigger events taking part and I give them my thanks.
But that is also due to the people behind scores of smaller events happening in all corners of our wonderful county.
Please do have a great Norfolk Day. I'll be out and about with my family and hope to see you too.