North Walsham throws down Diamond Jubilee challenge to pudding-makers

Diamond Jubilee organisers in North Walsham are hoping to stir up local interest with a pudding-making competition - and they are also on the lookout for a special anniversary couple.

Cooks are being invited to make a traditional pud as part of the town's celebrations next month which will include a Market Place street party on Monday June 4, with entertainment and children's sports.

The pudding recipe has been adapted for the occasion by Linda Groves, co-ordinator for the Griffon Area Partnership's Voyager project.

Mrs Groves has scaled down a list of ingredients for a whopping 21lb pudding, served up at a street party in the town marking King George V's coronation in 1911, so that it can be boiled in a one-litre bowl.

The result is similar to a Christmas pudding, or the Scots' clootie dumpling, according to town mayor Vivienne Uprichard.

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Entries will be judged by Don Birch and Lindsay Spalding, owners of North Walsham's Beechwood Hotel, and will then be offered to revellers at the street party, which gets under way at 1pm.

Mrs Uprichard would also like to hear from a couple celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary as near as possible to the June festivities so that they can become King and Queen of the street party, where everyone will be invited to bring along their own tables, chairs, food and drink to celebrate in the bunting-bedecked town centre.

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The finals of children's novelty races will be held in Market Place and there will be music and other entertainment in the afternoon.

Heats for the races take place at the town's Victory leisure centre on Sunday June 3 and all entrants - children aged eight to 14 - will be entitled to a free swim afterwards.

Sunday will also see a jubilee songs of praise and Churches Together civic service in North Walsham Parish Church at 3pm.

The church will host a jubilee community weekend flower festival from Saturday June 2 and on the opening evening there will also be a Last Night of the Proms concert.

North Walsham Chamber of Trade members are organising a competition with a prize for whoever spots all the alien objects in shops' jubilee window displays.

"Come on North Walsham. Let's show our community spirit," said Mrs Uprichard. "We want everyone to come and join in - if they could do it in 1911, we can certainly do it today."

? Anyone wanting to join the street party must register with the town council so that space can be allocated for their group in Market Place. Parking in North Norfolk District Council's town car parks will be free on Monday from noon to 6pm, and all day Tuesday, June 5.

Those unable to carry furniture, or individuals who would like to attend the party, should also contact the town council so that they can be welcomed at communal tables which will be provided.

Competitors wanting the pudding recipe should also contact: North Walsham Town Council, Council Offices, New Road, NR28 9DE, tel: 01692 404114 (weekday mornings). For information about the sports ring Victory on 01692 409370.

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