Town’s glowing tribute to fun loving carnival stalwart Tony
- Credit: Archant
He was well known for his infectious enthusiasm and sense of fun and well-wishers paid fitting tribute to the memory Cromer Carnival stalwart Tony West.
More than £1,000 has been raised for Macmillan Cancer Support in gratitude for the care given to Mr West in his final months. A Christmas jumper day held on Cromer Pier raised £573 for the charity. More than £500 was also collected during a Christmas Lights display at the home Mr West shared with wife Amanda on Grove Road. Mrs West said: 'The first year moved round here said we would have a proper switch on and it grew from there. I started as a bit of a joke with our neighbours Andy and Bernie Brown and grew from there with North Norfolk Radio DJ Dick Hutchinson doing the switch-on.'
She added: 'It is lovely what the pier have done - Tony and I often used to go down there with the dogs and have a glass of wine or a coffee. He would have been overwhelmed that so many things have been done in his memory. Macmillan were absolutely brilliant in the way they looked after my husband and it is great that we have been able to help them.'
Mr West, who passed away last year aged 54, spent his life supporting the carnival, organising activities, making floats and wearing costumes. Cromer Pier Christmas jumper day organiser Deb Lewis said: 'Tony had a close collection with the pier through is work organising the carnival children's week. 'We were very happy with the amount of money raised.