Photo gallery: Bloodthirsty pirates, cavemen and a plastic storm surge mixed with “great carnival spirit” spell a successful Cromer Carnival Parade

Cromer Carnival parade 2014. Cromer and Sheringham Operatic Society.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Cromer Carnival parade 2014. Cromer and Sheringham Operatic Society.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Carnival colour snaked through Cromer tonight as the resort painted on its biggest smile of the year to entertain townsfolk and trippers.

Cromer Carnival parade 2014. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Cromer Carnival parade 2014. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

It was a night when churchgoers became bloodthirsty pirates to man a timber-shivering ship - which sailed on to a hat-trick of float awards.

The summer show cast moved their stage to the back of a lorry.

And local scouts recreated the winter storm surge with a bubble wrap sea surge attacking a home-made pier.

Streets were lined with carnival crowds who watched a shorter-then-usual parade pass by - but just as vibrant in its spectacle and noise.

Cromer Carnival parade 2014. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Cromer Carnival parade 2014. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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Sea Scouts pooled their resources to made a model pier, and plastic storm surge sea to recall the dark events of December. Instructor Jim Cox said the main materials were bubble wrap, scaffold boards, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts - who all dressed as things that might have washed up on the beaches.

Carnival children's weeks organisers Tony West and Libby Clohisey had a playful dig at chairman Tony Shipp with their towering camel with a dummy Tony on the top - reminding him of the year, 2000, when he took part in a carnival camel race, fell and broke his arm.

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There number of floats, about 40, was down on last year's, which Mr Shipp felt was because of the cost of hiring and insuring lorries, but was compensated by a rise in walking fancy dress entries.

'But there has been good spirit and some great floats,' he added.

Cromer Carnival parade 2014. A group of young super heroes.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Cromer Carnival parade 2014. A group of young super heroes.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

FLOAT RESULTS

Articulated lorries: 1 Cromer Parish Church (pirate ship), 2 Intouch IT systems (pirate ship), 3 Drury's Skip Hire (Vikings)

Rigid Lorries: 1 Punch and Judy at the seaside (Cromer Hospital dialysis unit), 2 Seaside Special (sailor theme), 3 Voluntary Norfolk (cavemen)

Any vehicle: 1 Dunstable Arms (Noah's Ark), 2 Cromer Town Council (Christmas), 3 Sheringham Medical Practice (1950s diner)

Cromer Carnival parade 2014. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Cromer Carnival parade 2014. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Decorated cars: 1 About With Friends (rock stars), 2 Halsey House (Poppies), 3 Jack's Fit Club (Spartans)

Fancy dress 13+: 1 John Bowns (Meerkat campervan), 2 Tony West (carnival camel), 3 1st Cromer Sea Scouts (sea surge)

Vintage vehicles: 1 Derek (Austin taxi), 2 Brian Chumbley (Austin Farima), 3 John Wright (Bond Bug)

Overall and Spirit of Carnival; Cromer Parish church

Best Entertainment: Voluntary Norfolk

To buy photos of tonight's event visit www.archantnorfolk.newsprints.co.uk or call 01603 772449

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