Sunshine, songs and smiles at Sheringham Carnival crowning day
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Sunshine, songs and smiling faces made for a spectacular first day of Sheringham Carnival, which launched on the Leas clifftop gardens with the crowning of the carnival queen and her attendants.
The fun kicked off with a morning programme featuring a Newfoundland working dogs demonstration, children's games and activities, charity stalls, a display by True Motion dance troupe and circus skills demonstrations from Ramona Entertainments.
A Yak52 air display and music from Invidia Voices rock and soul choir entertained a sizeable crowd in the lead-up to the arrival of the royal party, who were led to a trio of gold-coloured thrones by town crier Andrew Cunningham-Brown, whose six-year-old daughter Lottie is this year's carnival princess.
Crowning the group was former district councillor Hilary Nelson, who was asked to take part in the ceremony in honour of her late husband, former carnival chairman Tony, who died last month after 30 years as Sheringham town crier.
Mrs Nelson, who was a district councillor for 20 years, also served for eight years on Sheringham Town Council as well as putting in a 40-plus-year stint as a carnival bucket collector and organising local beach cleans for 20 years.
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In an emotional speech, she said Mr Nelson would have loved 'every moment' of the event and praised his successor Mr Cunningham-Brown.
'Although, to be honest, I was a bit worried, I was very honoured to be asked,' she added.
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After crowning carnival queen Abby Dowsett-Olby, attendants Natasha Grand and Chloe Hambling and prince and princess Jack Yaxley and Lottie Cunningham-Brown, Mrs Nelson was thanked by carnival chairman Stuart McClean, who said the annual event would this year be dedicated to Mr Nelson's memory.
Abby, 24, whose daughters Maisie, 6, and Lily, 14-months, were watching the ceremony with their dad Matthew, said being carnival queen had exceeded all her expectations.
'I was excited and nervous at the same time, but as soon as you see all the people, it's just amazing,' she said.
'It is really lovely to have an opportunity to represent the town I grew up in and it is just wonderful having so much support from the community.'