Tasty crustaceans on the menu at Cromer carnival crab-dressing competition

Retired teacher Bernard Wells, 87, tries his hand at dressing a Cromer crab. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Retired teacher Bernard Wells, 87, tries his hand at dressing a Cromer crab. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Cromer carnival-goers had a chance to try their hand at preparing the town's most famous fare, at an open-air crab-dressing competition staged as part of an afternoon of children's events.

Retired teacher Bernard Wells, 87, tries his hand at dressing a Cromer crab. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Retired teacher Bernard Wells, 87, tries his hand at dressing a Cromer crab. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

After watching a demonstration by carnival volunteer Harry Khalil, entrants worked against the clock to remove the 'dead man's fingers' and arrange the edible white and brown meat in the upturned shell.

Retired teacher Bernard Wells, 87, tries his hand at dressing a Cromer crab. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Retired teacher Bernard Wells, 87, tries his hand at dressing a Cromer crab. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

The competition, which was judged by carnival stalwart Jamie Edghill, was won by Cromer resident Caroline Smith, with second place going to Newton Waters.

Retired teacher Bernard Wells, 87, tries his hand at dressing a Cromer crab. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Retired teacher Bernard Wells, 87, tries his hand at dressing a Cromer crab. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Third prize winner Bernard Wells, 87, has attended the carnival every year since it was first held in 1969, also running a stall with his late wife for more than 20 years.

'I just love it,' he said. 'I live in Norwich, but the carnival is wonderful; it brings Cromer alive and helps bring trade and prosperity to the town.'

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