Photo gallery: Bloodthirsty pirates, cavemen and a plastic storm surge mixed with “great carnival spirit” spell a successful Cromer Carnival Parade
- Credit: Archant
Carnival colour snaked through Cromer tonight as the resort painted on its biggest smile of the year to entertain townsfolk and trippers.
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.
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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.
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)
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