Cromer Hosts 35th Twinning Anniversary at Crab and Lobster Festival

We celebrated the 35th Anniversary of our twinning with Crest on the 19th to 23rd of May, when we received visitors from Crest, Nidda and Ponte San Nicolò. The visit coincided with the annual Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival.

Visitors were welcomed at North Lodge, where Mayor, Tim Adams opened proceedings with a speech before chair of the twinning committee, Mary Hill, revealed the timetable for the weekend.

The festival was launched on Friday evening in saucy seaside style, with a spectacular concert at Cromer’s Pavilion Theatre featuring comedy, dance and song.

This year’s cast included all-round entertainer Olly Day and comedian Nigel Boy Syer, folk choir the Sheringham Shantymen, and Cromer-based Marlene’s School of Dance.

On Saturday the tour continued and members visited Schools, shops, restaurants, pubs, businesses, churches and community groups who were among those sponsoring the mini huts which form this year’s seaside-themed trail through the two towns.

Sheringham and Cromer town criers Tony Nelson and Jason Bell opened the day’s programme, introducing chairman Tony Shipp and joint presidents Hilary Cox – from Cromer – and Noel Gant, from Sheringham.

Other highlights include exciting cookery demonstrations, live music, traditional craft displays and food on sale – including traditional crab sandwiches, and lobster bisque. Students from Cromer Academy were among the chefs this year who prepared some impressive dishes.

a crab pot making demonstration by retired local fisherman William Cox, a have-a-go crab dressing stand, a giant crab and lobster tank brought along by the Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.

On Sunday, twinning visitors gathered at the Cliftonville Hotel for lunch followed by speeches and presentations. Over three decades of twinning was hailed as a milestone in a joint venture which has seen many changes over the years , and the idea of joining cities, towns and villages in partnership is growing into a mutual understanding of each others communities and cultures.

Cromer says farewell to it’s visitors after an eventful stay

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