In pictures: Thousands turn out for North Walsham Children's Day

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Pictured with Peter Rabbit at the North Walsham Children's Day were, back row from left, Ellie, 9, and Evie Mitcham, 7, Oscar and Jacob Gentry, both 8, front row, Jaime Anderson, 3, and Ivy-Mae Johnson, 5. - Credit: Stuart Anderson

Record numbers of visitors young and old flocked to North Walsham town centre for the return of the town's annual Children's Day. 

Robert Murphy, event chairman, said he was thrilled at the success of the day, which saw thousands of people drawn to the town's St Nicholas Church and High Street.

Mr Murphy said: "It's a fantastic turn-out. The idea is we pay for a lot of it so families who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it can have a day out. This is the best year we've ever had."

Attractions included two bouncy castles, a climbing wall and a giant 'dartboard' which people threw Velcro-covered balls onto. 

People line up to have a go on the giant dart board (for which Velcro-covered balls are used)

People line up to have a go on the giant dart board (for which Velcro-covered balls are used) at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: Stuart Anderson

Worthies including town mayor Garry Bull volunteered to stand in the stocks while youngsters tossed soaking wet sponges at their heads. 

Emergency services including the police, NARS and Norfolk Blood Bikes put their vehicles on show, while children lined up to have a little owl from Wild Touch animal rescue perch on their hand. 

North Walsham Air Cadets helped to hand out programmes and raise funds. More than £2,000 was raised - half of the donations will go to North Walsham Play and the other half to the church. 

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day.

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: John Newstead

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day.

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: John Newstead

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day.

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: John Newstead

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day.

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: John Newstead

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day.

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: John Newstead

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day.

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: John Newstead

Rev David Warner at the North Walsham Children's Day.

Rev David Warner at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: John Newstead

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day.

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: John Newstead

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day.

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: John Newstead

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day.

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: John Newstead

Rory Smith enjoys an ice-cream at the North Walsham Children's Day.

Rory Smith enjoys an ice-cream at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: John Newstead

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day.

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: John Newstead

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day.

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: John Newstead

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day.

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: John Newstead

Those Deadbeat Cats play at the North Walsham Children's Day.

Those Deadbeat Cats play at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: John Newstead

Part of the fun at the North Walsham Children's Day.

A scene from the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: John Newstead

Air cadets helped out at the North Walsham Children's Day.

Air cadets helped out at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: John Newstead

Peter Rabit posed for many photos with children at the North Walsham Children's Day,

Peter Rabit posed for many photos with children at the North Walsham Children's Day, here he is with William Barrod, 4, Lyla Green, 2 and Evangalina O'Hara, 5. - Credit: Stuart Anderson

Families flocked to the return of the North Walsham Children's Day. 

Families flocked to the return of the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: Stuart Anderson

In front of the stocks were Kerina and Jake Branch with their boys Conor, 6, and Callum, 3.

In front of the stocks were Kerina and Jake Branch with their boys Conor, 6, and Callum, 3. - Credit: Stuart Anderson

Callum Branch, 3, lets one loose on North Walsham mayor Garry Bull at the North Walsham Children's Day. 

Callum Branch, 3, lets one loose on North Walsham mayor Garry Bull at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: Stuart Anderson

Conor Branch, 6, scores a successful hit on North Walsham mayor Garry Bull,

Conor Branch, 6, scores a successful hit on North Walsham mayor Garry Bull, in the stocks at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: Stuart Anderson

Adam Darricott and Martha, 3, get a feel for one of Norfolk Blood Bikes on display at the North Walsham Children's Day. 

Adam Darricott and Martha, 3, get a feel for one of Norfolk Blood Bikes on display at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: Stuart Anderson

Logan Donnerell, 6, throws a sponge at Matt Smith, in the stocks at the North Walsham Children's Day. 

Logan Donnerell, 6, throws a sponge at Matt Smith, in the stocks at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: Stuart Anderson

Jenson, 4, and Maisie McPhee, 7, meet a little owl - and Lucan Grave from Wild Touch

Jenson, 4, and Maisie McPhee, 7, meet a little owl - and Lucan Grave from Wild Touch animal rescue - at the North Walsham Children's Day. - Credit: Stuart Anderson