Sheringham Carnival ends with a promise to be ‘bigger and better’ next year

A bigger and better Sheringham Carnival is being promised for next year after last week's fun in the sun prompted a flurry of new volunteers to come forward.

Nine days of celebrations and events climaxed on Sunday with the set-piece parade through the town - and, for the first time, a fireworks display over the beach.

And, despite mixed forecasts, the weather stayed dry for both the parade and for last Wednesday's carnival day.

Carnival chairman Stuart McClean, who was involved this year for the first time, said he was 'exhausted but very pleased'.

He said: 'It's been absolutely splendid. There's been a few glitches, and we were worried about the weather on Wednesday and Sunday. But the weather that we got was the icing on the cake.'

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He said his carnival highlights included the parade, but also carnival day, when the town was closed to traffic and traders set up stalls on the main streets.

Mr McClean said: 'It was so nice to see the streets closed and thriving with traders and townsfolk.'

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Mr McClean said the committee had struggled to get everything done because there was a core of 'about a dozen people' helping. But he added: 'I think it will be bigger and better next year because of the astounding number of people who have volunteered already.

'We had people scrambling from event to event, but several of the traders in particular have come forward because they saw what we are trying to do for the town.'

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