December 12 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Families flocked to the coast near Great Yarmouth today - and turned Hemsby Herring Festival into a sizzling success.
The event is a major fundraiser for Hemsby Lifeboat and second coxswain Daniel Hurd said he hoped the day would raise as much as £3,000.
He said: “After all the rain we have had, the sunshine has really brought out the crowds and we have seen thousands of people. We bought 15 stones of herring and the last one had been cooked by 2pm.”
Beachgoers were entertained by a local DJ and there was a range of stalls including a coconut shy and a tombola; Newfoundland rescue dogs made a special appearance.
Mr Hurd said: “The event is important to us as it takes £25,000 a year to keep our two boats afloat.”
The independent station has a dual role covering both the coastline and waterways of the Broads.
Mr Hurd said: “Next year we will be looking to replace the Broads boat and its Land Rover and that is going to cost about £50,000.”