PICTURES: Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival is up and running

A brisk wind blew in a large crowd today to take in the sights, sounds - and smells - of the third Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival.

Crab dressing, the world pier-crabbing championship, lobster pot- and gansey-making were among the attractions on a packed Cromer promenade.

There was also a series of cookery demonstrations, outdoor theatre and a host of food and craft stalls lining the prom.

Festival chairman Tony Shipp said he was delighted that the weather was dry, and said last night's festival variety show at the pier theatre was a 'great way' to start the events.

He said: 'There's a very good crowd today, and it's really building up nicely. The first session of the crabbing was slow, but we've got a good number of people signed up for the second session.

'There's a lovely atmosphere on the prom and the pier.'

The focus of the festival centres on Cromer today, and switches along the coast to Sheringham tomorrow, with a packed programme including crab dressing, children's activities, the Tremendous Victorian Circus at The Mo Sheringham Museum and street entertainers the Cod Choir.

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There is also a wacky windbreak trail and a seafood sandwich trail at a host of locations in and around the two towns.

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