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Population: 7,749

Nearby Towns: Aylsham, Fakenham, North Walsham

After its predecessor village Shipden was swallowed by the sea, Cromer took over as a fishing community famous for its small sweet crabs.

A quiet place where well-heeled Victorians took the air and salt water dips was transformed into a popular resort by the coming of the railway.

Its 100-year-old pier is home to the current lifeboat station, and pavilion theatre, which hosts the only remaining end-of-the-pier summer variety show.

A seafront museum tells the story of the town’s lifeboat including legendary coxswain Henry Blogg. The town also has a South American-themed zoo, and a big mid-August carnival.

Fire station plans to build new tower

Monday, September 7, 2020

Cromer Fire Station is set to get a new tower.

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Problems can be solved and communities built if you just get people talking to each other - as Hilary Cox well knows.

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Urgent restoration works are underway on an historic seaside building.

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Firefighters pumped out water after flooding at Cromer and District Hospital.

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A Cromer mum is preparing to walk 200 miles on a treadmill as part of a fundraiser for the Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund.

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A town councillor says Covid-19 will be faced down just like Britain’s Second World War enemies 75 years ago, ahead of scaled-down VJ Day commemorations.

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Cromer has cancelled its New Year’s Day fireworks display, which is watched each year by more than 10,000 people.

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A group set up to support vulnerable people during lockdown will continue to operate even once the pandemic is over, following an £11,500 grant.

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The publican of a Cromer pub which has just had a £420,000 said he had been ”overwhelmed” by how much custom there had been since reopening.

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A Norfolk zoo has seen a lockdown baby boom, with Patagonian hares, a marmoset and bird-of-prey chicks joining the exotic population.

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Glass windbreaks have been installed on Cromer Pier to shelter people from the sea breeze while they are eating and drinking.

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Some of Cromer’s most popular summer visitors have returned to graze on the grass and gaze out to sea.

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A expected “tourist onslaught” has prompted Cromer Lawn Tennis and Squash Club to take on eight new coaches.

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Plans have been drawn up to turn a former Cromer pub and cottage hospital into six homes.

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Rivers of wildflowers criss-crossing the countryside could help declining bees, butterflies and other wildlife move across the landscape, conservationists say.

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The owners of a popular family-run pub are calling for more support to help them survive the winter.

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North Norfolk theatres have turned red to highlight the plight of the performing arts sector, which is struggling to survive after months of lockdown.

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As the nation unites in gratitude for our NHS, and celebrates the courage, skill and dedication of its staff, we dip into Norfolk hospital history

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An all-female buddy film shot in north Norfolk will be shown on Amazon Prime.

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Year 10 students at nine secondary schools across Norfolk and Waveney have started Saturday catch-up classes and will be returning early from their summer holidays, to make up for lessons lost during lockdown.

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Gallery Visitors welcomed back to Amazon-themed zoo

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The exotic inhabitants of a Norfolk zoo are coming face to face with visitors for the first time in three months.

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How can we inspire more women to consider careers in engineering? Reporter STUART ANDERSON spoke to one of Norfolk’s female engineers.

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The gates of Amazona Zoo are reopening for the first time in three months as the lockdown restrictions continue to ease.

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Coach parking has been temporaily suspended at two car parks in north Norfolk.

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Face coverings are now compulsory on public transport - and pressure is building to make people wear them inside supermarkets and shops.

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Three new appointments have been made to RNLI Cromer’s team of volunteer lifeboat and shore crew.

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This is the way to do social distancing.

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A man has been jailed after he admitted causing “dreadful multiple injuries” to a child.

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A new cafe restaurant could be coming to Cromer town centre.

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North Norfolk’s shops are getting ready to welcome back customers as they prepare to open after more than two months of closure.

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A cyclist who was charged following the death of a woman after a crash is to be sentenced next month.

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The boss of one of the region’s zoos has spoken of their disappointment at not being able to reopen sooner as part of the easing of lockdown.

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Markets in Sheringham and Cromer are set to reopen with the easing of the lockdown.

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Cromer pier reopens

Monday, June 1, 2020

One of Norfolk’s best known attractions has reopened, as part of the phased easing of lockdown.

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A revamped park will give people in a seaside town something to celebrate when the coronavirus outbreak is over.

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Six much-loved local radio stations are set to change names and be rebranded as part of a national network.

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Three sisters have set up their own Little Free Library outside their house on Overstrand Road in Cromer.

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Things are getting heated on our Norfolk coast. In normal times the hot weather would be welcome to the many communities who rely on it to thrive. But these are not normal times and thousands heading to the coast have caused concerns they could help cause a second coronavirus spike. Chris Bishop spoke to those affected.

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People are being warned to stay away from second homes and holiday lets as fine weather forecast for the weekend sparks fears some may flout the rules.

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Members of the public have given an almost unanimous thumbs-down to a call to make a crab and lobster festival vegan

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Organisers of Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival have reacted with bemusement to a suggestion it should go vegan.

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Two car parks are set to reopen in North Norfolk, but Cromer pier will remain closed.

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You can drive to the coast if you like from tomorrow - but just about everything will be closed apart from the beaches when you get there.

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The teaching team at a north Norfolk school created a collage for students to let them know they were missing them during lockdown.

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Two Norfolk councils have between them paid out more than £20m in government grants to the owners of holiday lets during the coronavirus outbreak.

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It is known as the jewel of the north Norfolk coast. But despite coronavirus lockdown hitting business and tourism, many believe Cromer will come back stronger. SOPHIE WYLLIE reports.

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An award-winning brewery is making free hand sanitisers for key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A north Norfolk hotel has given its rooms over to the NHS for staff at a nearby hospital during the coronavirus lockdown.

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Cromer and Sheringham are among the worst hit towns in the country when it comes to visitor spending during the coronavirus outbreak.

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A Cromer care home will get a share of 5,000 pairs of disposable gloves donated by Historic England.

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Quarter Pounders and Big Macs will soon be on the menu in Cromer - plans for a McDonald’s restaurant in the town have been approved.

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Nothing to watch on Netflix? No problem. You’re just a few clicks away from being able to watch a live-stream of two of Norfolk’s most famous residents.

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The mother of a 15-year-old girl who has an anxiety disorder has pleaded with people to be more considerate after her daughter was hassled for wearing a gas mask amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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A council is urging leaseholders not to use beach huts or chalets during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A week before Easter and the seaside towns of Cromer and Sheringham would normally be gearing up for one of the biggest holidays of the year.

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From fresh fruit and vegetables to locally made gin, many businesses right here in Norfolk are helping ensure local people get the items they need through home delivery services.

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A Here to Help group in Cromer has issued a plea to food retailers to allow people to pay for goods upfront.

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North-easterly gusts brought a band of wintry showers to parts of the region on the day the clocks went forward.

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A dog-walker had a close encounter with a military helicopter on a north Norfolk beach.

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Three RNLI events in Cromer have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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A zookeeper is calling on closed restaurant, café and hotel owners to donate fruit and vegetables to help them feed the animals.

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The owner of one of Norfolk’s most popular fish and chip shops has donated more than eight tonnes of potatoes as he is forced to close due to the coronavirus lock down.

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When Shirley Partridge started working at Cromer Hospital a litre of petrol cost 28p, Abba topped the charts with Super Trouper and mobile phones looked and weighed about the same as a brick.

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The new lifeboat operations manager at Cromer RNLI is ex-Navy and spent three years as an aircrew medic.

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The much-anticipated Vintage Sixties Festival in Cromer has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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The April meeting of the Cromer and District branch of the Royal British Legion has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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A Norfolk MP tried out the state-of-the-art fitness equipment at a new gym which is open to both students and the community.

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These kids are seriously cute and they will soon be making their way to join the famous Bagot goat herd on the cliffs of Cromer.

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Reviewer Stuart Anderson ‘Thai-ed’ out a thriving venue in a coastal town that’s better known for its crab than its curry.

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Householders in north Norfolk are being asked to contribute towards the cost of the region’s new Macmillan Centre.

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An empty business in a prime location in Cromer town centre could soon be occupied by an estate agency and law firm.

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It’s one of the fastest growing sports in the UK, and visitors to a zoo may soon be able to enjoy a game of footgolf as well.

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A Cromer lifeboat volunteer has received an award for more than 60 years of service.

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Almost 60 years have passed since Will Cox first walked into a north Norfolk fire station.

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Television presenter and comedian Stephen Fry praised a Holt-based playwright’s new work after enjoying the show on the London stage.

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February 14 is Valentine’s Day and the festival of love is the ideal excuse to find 14 reasons to love the Norfolk coast. From west to east:

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Updated New look for ‘Madonna’s bra’ visitor centre

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Its “whimsical” tented canopies were once described as being like “Madonna lying on her back”.

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A former pub in north Norfolk sold at auction for £378,500, after plenty of interest from bidders.

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The Vintage Sixties Festival will be back in Cromer for 2020 and is going to bigger than ever before.

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Donations of clothes and other items are needed at a seaside town’s ninth charity shop.

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More memories of VE-Day in Cromer are being sought as part of the 75th anniversary commemorations of the end of the war in Europe.

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Updated Storm Ciara: Fallen tree cleared from A148

Sunday, February 9, 2020

A fallen tree has been cleared from a major road in Norfolk.

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This is how a display of about 4,500 ceramic poppies will look in a north Norfolk church, as part of the VE-Day75 commemorations.

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A new purpose-built toilet and changing room for those who cannot use standard facilities has been fitted at Cromer visitors’ centre.

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A film-maker is hoping to shoot his second film in Norfolk later this year, but it depends on the success of a fund-raising campaign.

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Plans for a McDonald’s restaurant in Cromer could be fast-tracked if no objections are raised.

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A mother-of-one will star in a solo show celebrating the “weird and wonderful characters” of north Norfolk she has also written and produced.

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BAFTA has announced the finalists of this year’s ‘For the Love of Film’ competition, including a woman from Cromer.

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An economic boost could be delivered to a Norfolk seaside town if it can secure a ‘coach friendly status’.

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A hotel director is appealing after an employment tribunal ordered his firm to pay £36,494.38 to a former chambermaid in a case of unfair dismissal.

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A former residential care home that was closed down by the authorities could be turned into four new homes.

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A Peaky Blinders actress who has also worked with film director Mike Leigh will head the cast of a London play set on Cromer pier.

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Bright new Welcome to Cromer

Sunday, December 1, 2019

New ‘Welcome to Cromer’ signs now greet visitors to the north Norfolk seaside town.

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A charity that helped a seriously ill youngster will benefit from money raised at this year’s Cromer Boxing Day dip.

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A stalwart at the RNLI in Cromer has stepped down after 25 years’ service to the charity.

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They list the rescue launches made by life-saving crews from the RNLI in Cromer.

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Bags were snatched from shopping trolleys at Tesco and Morrison’s stores in north Norfolk.

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Revised plans for a McDonald’s restaurant in Cromer have been backed by the town council.

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A Netflix production team is getting ready to film scenes for The Dig, a period drama which will star Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan, and starts filming in Cromer on Tuesday.

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A north Norfolk great-grandmother says she was amused - if a little insulted - by a ‘nightmare’ error in a response to a letter of complaint.

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