Popular parade to headline Cromer carnival

Tomorrow sees the return of the biggest event in Cromer's calendar when carnival day kicks off.

Thousands of visitors are expected to flood into the town to enjoy a huge array of activities and entertainment on offer.

Among the highlights will be a display from the world famous Red Arrows and the popular evening parade.

Tony Shipp, carnival committee chairman, said tomorrow - the climax of the week-long carnival now in its 42nd year - would provide quality entertainment for visitors.

'The Red Arrows are the big draw tomorrow and we have got top class arena entertainment together with all the side shows and all the emergency services exhibits. And we're one of the few shows where the forces still bring along their side shows,' he said.

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'So it's a combination really, which then builds up to the parade in the evening and there is a special atmosphere within the town - that's what we try to provide.'

Characters in fancy dress will join dozens of floats along with marching bands and troupes in the parade, which leaves Runton Road at 7pm.

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A group of free falling Tigers, Razz the clown and some exotic animals meanwhile warmed up the crowd ahead of tomorrow's main event. The carnival field was bustling with crowds today as they flocked to the family fun day.

Visitors young and old tried circus skills in the marquee with Razz and his side kick Auntie Pearl, marvelled at animals from the Seal and Bird Rescue Trust and were captivated by the Tigers - the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment parachute display team - who literally dropped in on the arena.

Visitors clapped and cheered as they came down but a group of onlookers on one side of the fence came very close to one of the team, when he landed in the crowd. The last member of the five strong aerial team - who was also the newest recruit - landed apart from his colleagues in the blustery conditions.

Rufus Green, who is holidaying in Cromer from his home in London, was stood just metres from where he came down.

The 41-year-old web producer said: 'He was very good, he missed everybody. Fortunately most people were looking up so they saw him coming down and he did shout 'please move' apparently.

'He looked pretty sheepish.

'It was pretty windy and he was the last one to come down so I guess he had to circle a bit more.'

The high flying team will return to the skies above Cromer tomorrow as one of the headline acts.

Cromer carnival began on the pier promenade but as it became more popular, a bigger venue was needed to accommodate it.

Speaking from the Runton Road showground earlier today Mr Shipp added: 'We found that we needed to move up to a bigger space and this was an ideal spot - but we're stretching the limits of this now.'

* For more information visit www.cromercarnival.co.uk

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