PHOTO UPDATE: Cromer Pier packed for jubilee party

A giant party on Tuesday for more than 250 children provided a generation-spanning climax to four 'fantastic' days of jubilee jollity in Cromer.

A picnic table ran the length of the pier, with hungry youngsters tucking into union flag-adorned party boxes, while children's entertainers took their minds off the chilly wind.

The event provided a suitably upbeat end to the festivities in Cromer, much to the delight of jubilee committee member Tony Shipp.

He said: 'The town has embraced the jubilee really well. We've had good crowds at all of the events, and we could have sold many more tickets for the children's party.

'There's a real sense of community in Cromer, and a genuine affection for the Queen.'

Cromer's deputy mayor David Pritchard said: 'It's been absolutely fantastic. There's been so much to celebrate. Community spirit is alive and well in Cromer.'

During the previous three days, many of the events centred on North Lodge Park, where the marquee that was set up for a band competition came in useful when the weather turned nasty on Sunday.

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After months of planning, led by the town council and supported by other town groups, more than 30 events were lined up for the long weekend.

To signal Saturday's launch, the new town mayor Gwen Smith unveiled three flags - the union flag, Diamond Jubilee, and Cromer's crest - on the temporary flagpole in the park.

On Sunday one of the highlights of the weekend took place - a 'Cromer on screen' projected in the marquee in North Lodge Park gardens.

And on Monday a traditional village fete saw crowds of jubilee enthusiasts join in the fun by trying their hand at 'splat the rat' and 'peg-line'. A handful of children also took part in the fancy dress competition.

Five-year-old Grace Richmond won the younger children's category with her Cinderella outfit complete with tinsel hat.

Mum Helen Richmond said that it had taken her and her husband Martin 'quite a lot of time' to make the outfit and that it had been a 'marvellous' part of their day. Grace received a commemorative Queen's Diamond Jubilee mug from Mrs Smith.

The winner of the youth band competition was also announced as Ruby Tuesday. The group, made up of five teenagers from Cromer, performs rock and pop covers and won the chance to perform before a headlining act on August 16 during Cromer Carnival week.

Mrs Smith said the weekend had gone 'really well' and added that without the help of the volunteers it would not have been possible.

She said: 'We want to get more volunteers to help us for events like this throughout the year. They really have done a wonderful job.'

Monday's events ended when more than 400 people gathered to parade to the cliff top to light the beacon to a live performance from local solo guitarist, Guitar George, who played God Save the Queen.

There were parties around the town, too, including one at Compit Hills organised by Roger O'Leary and Angela Sharp. Senior resident Derek Griffiths was chosen to cut the celebration cake, as he did at the Golden Jubilee in 2002. The event also raised �50 for Cromer RNLI branch.

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