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Crab and Lobster Festival launched

PUBLISHED: 12:47 22 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:43 01 July 2010

It may not have been the sunniest of starts but the food part of the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival was launched today with a mouth-watering display as chefs cooked up a treat.

Sunshine and laughter have helped make the first ever Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival a roaring success.

Scores of people flocked to the two towns to sample what was on offer during the festival, which took place over the weekend.

The festival was launched on Friday night with a concert by Norfolk comic Sid Kipper in Cromer Pier's Pavilion Theatre.

It also included a food festival as chefs, including Morston Hall chef Galton Blackiston, Mark David from The Cooking Experience in Suffolk, and Coastal Kitchens television chef, Chris Coubrough, cooked up a treat via a mobile kitchen in The Crown Inn car park in Sheringham on Saturday moving to Cromer prom on Sunday .

Visitors were also able to tackle a climbing wall set up in the two towns and take part in various art and craft activities, and see crab pots being made first hand.

There was also the final chance to do the Crustacea Crawl - a trail of more than 80 model crabs and lobsters which have been placed in organisation and business premises around the two towns.

Terry Law, 34, from Sheringham was taking part in the festival activities with his wife, Zoe, 32, and their two children, Caius, 5, and Attia, 2.

He said: “It is good having the combined festival. I think the whole thing has been a really good idea, the children have loved doing the crawl in both Sheringham and Cromer.”

The festival culminated on Sunday with the world pier crabbing championships on Cromer pier, with the overall winners The Mogwise Team, who managed to catch seven crabs.

They were presented with the Richard Davies Salver, a silver plate, named after former Cromer lifeboat coxswain Richard Davies who died earlier this month.

The crab and lobsters which form the Crustacea Crawl will now be auctioned off on Cromer Pier next Sunday to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity and the two local Sheringham and Cromer RNLI Lifeboat Stations.

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