Posted September 2016

Crab & Lobster Festival 2016 toasts success!

The 2016 Cromer and Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival came to a close on Sunday, August 28 with the World Pier Crabbing Championships and annual auction in Cromer.

Thousands of people flock to Cromer

More than 100 dinky beach huts lined the pier forecourt, local food and craft stalls filled the promenade and lines were set ready for a fun-filled, action-packed day of competitive crabbing and bidding.

Beach huts on display (photo by Kate_Royall)

Beach huts on display (photo by Kate Royall)

And the sunny bank holiday Sunday saw thousands of people visiting the town to take part in the festivities.

Crab & Lobster Festival Auction 2016 Beach huts on display (photo by Kate_Royall)

Crab & Lobster Festival Auction 2016 Beach huts on display (photo by Kate Royall)

Prior to World Pier Crabbing Championships, scores of people queued along the pier to register before nets and lines were dropped into the sea at 10:30am.

The Richard Davies Memorial Plate

World Pier Crabbing Champions 2016: David Porter, Rachael Kirkham, 12-year-old Daisy Porter and 10-year-old Holly Porter (photo by Kate_Royall)

World Pier Crabbing Champions 2016: David Porter, Rachael Kirkham, 12-year-old Daisy Porter and 10-year-old Holly Porter (photo by Kate_Royall)

After three hours of competitive crabbing the World Pier Crabbing Champion title, (which is won by the largest number of crabs caught on a line), was awarded to team IDK from Norwich, who caught eight crabs.

The team of four – David Porter, Rachael Kirkham, 12-year-old Daisy Porter and 10-year-old Holly Porter – said: “It’s amazing, we can’t believe we won!”

They were awarded the Richard Davies Memorial Plate which is named memory of former Cromer lifeboat coxswain Richard Davies who died in 2010.

Other prizes awarded were to Emma Critchley, who caught the largest crab measuring 125mm and to Robyn Clarke who caught the most crabs in a net with a total of 35.

The Dinky Beach Hut charity auction

Under the hammer of auctioneer Tim Blythe, the 101 huts sold in just over 60 minutes to raise over £6,500.

The beach huts were part of the Festival’s art trail which ran from Easter, (including the Festival weekend) right up until the grand auction.

The Dinky Beach Hut Art Trail 2016

Over 400 individuals had a hand in decorating the huts including 10 community groups, schools, staff of local businesses and their families.

The 101 beach huts displayed together for the first time

After furious bidding, the hut that achieved the top price at auction was sponsored by The Garden House Gallery in Cromer and fetched £1,000. This was followed by the hut sponsored by Breakers Cafe in Cromer which raised £670.

Dinky Beach Hut sponsored by Sabre Tackle

Dinky Beach Hut sponsored by Sabre Tackle

Prior to the auction, more than 400 members of the public voted for their favourite hut. In first place was Sabre Tackle in Cromer, followed by Sheringham Trawler and in third place was Buoys, Toys and Models from Cromer.

“Seeing all the huts on show together for the first time was spectacular along the pier forecourt, I think it went very well and we are extremely pleased with the support the auction received and the amount raised.” – Festival chairman, Tony Shipp.

The Crab and Lobster Festival Committee wishes to thank everyone who helped, supported and bid at the event, monies raised will go directly to local community charities.

Next year’s Crab & Lobster Festival will take place 20-21 May 2017. Read event info here.

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