Norfolk gala day in Costessey, near Norwich, attracts thousands in sunshine

Norfolk people still love their gala day, with about 15,000 visitors at the event today, despite it clashing with other attractions across the county.

The Norfolk Gala, formerly the police gala day, is now in its 33rd year and organiser Steve Thacker has been in charge for 20 years.

This year's events, held in partnership with the Royal Norfolk Show at the Norfolk Showground in Costessey, near Norwich, included a tank crushing cars in the main area, which proved especially popular, dog shows, dancing, vintage cars and buses, and even displays by a Vikings re-enactment group.

The bumper crowd came despite the event coinciding with Norwich City's home match in the Premier League against West Brom, which ended 1-0 to the visitors, tall ships at Yarmouth Quayside as part of its maritime festival, and Sandringham game and country fair.

Mr Thacker said: 'It has been very successful. We had more cars in the old car rally than before, with 300 over 25 years old, and 55 car clubs took part.

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'The war dragons Viking re-enactment group was popular and we had Norfolk and Suffolk police dogs and police horses from Essex.

'But first and foremost it's a family affair and you see the same people every time.'

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