Police and Crime Commissioner tackles road safety in North Norfolk

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green has welcomed the introduction of a scheme to tackle speeding drivers on rural roads in North Norfolk.

Members of the Special Constabulary are joining forces with Community Speed Watch (CSW) volunteers to carry out high visibility enforcement checks in the Cromer area.

The team of 14 will focus their efforts on areas where speeding has been raised as a local concern and those not currently covered by CSW.

PCC Lorne Green, who went to meet the newly formed team during a crackdown in Felbrigg last week (Thursday 20 July), said: “At our Police Accountability Forum in Cromer earlier this year a number of people raised their concerns about cars speeding through their villages.

“I hope the introduction of a scheme in the Cromer area will help to reassure residents we are listening and taking direct action.

“This is community spirit and partnership working at its best with members of Speed Watch working alongside the Special Constabulary Speeding Team to protect their local community from unsafe driving.”

The scheme is one of a number of community policing projects being supported through the PCC’s Early Intervention Fund. The fund is open to policing teams across the county to help them work with communities to tackle local crime, disorder and community safety issues.

PC Pete Davison, Norfolk Constabulary’s Engagement Officer for the North Norfolk area, said: “We work closely with our partners all-year round to target speeding drivers and schemes like this help us to enforce the law whilst also raising awareness of the dangers.

“Speeding is serious whatever the road, but through rural villages the dangers can be intensified. Pedestrians and other hazards are often closer and therefore your reaction time can be reduced. Speed limits are in place for a reason so I would urge motorists to stick to them.”

The scheme is the third of its kind to be funded by the PCC with other initiatives already launched in the South Norfolk and Great Yarmouth areas.

Specials and Volunteers Manager Sue Goode, added: “This is a great example of how our committed volunteers get to experience the world of policing while helping to support local communities and organisations such as Community Speed Watch.

“It’s pleasing to see the specials getting involved with local communities and help to address issues of concern.”

Lorne Green pictured with members of Cromer’s Special Constabulary Speeding Team/Community Speed Watch.

Review: Cromer Summer Show

The famous Cromer Pier Summer Show show is, this year, celebrating its 40th year of unstoppable fun, glamour and mystery.

The gala night beginning weeks of superb entertainment was on Saturday (June 24), a sparkling magical variety show.

The show’s compere and lead comedian is Phil Butler, a man of many talents who also juggles and is a ventriloquist . . . in fact a one man show> He returns this year to host a fantastic show. Also starring is comedian Joey Howard who has brought his “melodic multitude of madness and mirth” to Cromer from venues around the world.

The show also sees the return of James Bustar, a young man who juggles with anything – axes, knives and even a chainsaw, working of course. The show wouldn’t have the romance and glamour without the fabulous dancers who take the audience to another world.

Cromer is very fortunate to have performing again this season Emily Yarrow, a vocalist who can take you on a journey with her voice, through popular ballads to well-known songs from the opera. Joining Emily is a talented vocalist Lee Bright, whose range of music and songs entertain all.

What goes to make the show what it has become are the wonderful costumes designed by Laura Whyte, the choreography by Di Cooke, the scenery designed by Ian Westbrook and the music played and directed by Nigel Hogg, not forgetting the youngsters of Marlene’s School of Dance.

This year’s show is the best ever and Cromer is so lucky to have the only end of the pier show in the world in its Pavilion Theatre.

Kevin and Sandra Stone

Shakes, Rattle and Roll to whip up a sweet treat in Cromer

A new, American-themed takeaway milkshake bar is opening its doors in Cromer on Saturday (July 1) and is offering free taster shakes to celebrate.

Shakes, Rattle and Roll, the first of its kind to launch in Norfolk will offer customers the chance to create their own milkshake with 20 different flavours and an extensive menu of sauces and toppings to choose from.  Dairy-free and gluten-free options will also be available.

Located in Hamilton Road, the takeaway has been designed with a retro 1950s feel with a vibrant décor and a nod to the future with sustainable, eco-friendly cups and straws.

Shakes, Rattle and Roll owner, Leon Walder, from Roughton, said: “I am excited about the new bar and I cannot wait to open and welcome customers. Pop along, support a local, independent business and enjoy a fabulously-delicious milkshake made with locally produced ice cream.”

After Saturday’s launch, Shakes, Rattle and Roll will be open daily from 10am until 6pm, milkshakes will be charged at £3.50 each.


Cromer ambulance station open day for children’s charity

Cromer ambulance station open day will return next month to give visitors a unique insight into the work of the emergency services in Norfolk.
Ambulance, fire, police, critical care charities and a host of other organisations will be at the free event, in Middlebrook Way, Cromer, on Sunday, July 2, 10am-3pm.
The open day provides an opportunity for people to find out more about the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST), meet ambulance staff and volunteers, and explore inside an ambulance and rapid response vehicle.
Proceeds will go to Nelson’s Journey, a charity that supports bereaved children in Norfolk.
Daisy the vintage ambulance will be on show as well as Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, Norfolk Police, RNLI, Norfolk Accident Rescue Service, and East Anglian Air Ambulance will also have a stand.
There will also be live music and refreshments and tea and cake stalls.
Organiser Dale Meacham-Roberts, who is a duty locality officer for EEAST, said: “The open day is a great opportunity to welcome the community to the station and get all our partners together to celebrate the work of our emergency services and charities.
“People will get a behind the scenes look at the ambulance service as well as raising money for a very worthy cause.”
For more information about the work of Nelson’s Journey, visit

On yer bike! Staff celebrate Cromer hospital 150th anniversary

Members of staff at Cromer Hospital are gearing up for an epic challenge this month by cycling the distance to Cromer’s twin town, Crest, Southern France. The cycle ride is to mark Cromer Hospital’s 150th anniversary and money raised will go towards the Cromer & District Hospital Charitable Fund.

The bikes will be set up in the atrium at the main hospital and the cycle will take place over the course of a week from Monday 19th June to Friday 23rd June, where the team will be covering a total of 777 miles.

Iain Young, Cromer Operational Manager, who will be covering a big part of the distance said: “It’s going to be a big challenge, but we thought it would be a great way to not only highlight 150 years of Cromer Hospital but also to raise money for the hospital charity. Please do come and support us – any donations are very much appreciated!”

Louise Cook, NNUH Fundraising Manager said: “My thanks go to Iain and the team for taking on a massive challenge for such a fantastic cause and to Victory Swim & Fitness for loaning us the bikes. It is a lovely way to celebrate 150 years of providing excellent patient care in north Norfolk, and money raised from this event will help improve facilities for patient and visitor experience at the hospital. Happy birthday Cromer Hospital!

If you would like to support the Cromer to Crest challenge, please visit their fundraising page here:

As well as the charity bike ride, on Saturday 24th June, the hospital will be holding an anniversary fete and a day full of fun activities on the main Cromer Hospital site. The fete is free and is a chance for visitors to help celebrate the 150th anniversary.

The day will be running from 10am-3pm and people will be able to enjoy a variety of activities and entertainment including a carousel, a performance by Marlene’s School of Dance, Razz the Clown the ‘Great Cromer Bake Off’ competition, a raffle, a car boot sale, a BBQ a barbecue, face painting, an interactive medieval display and much more!

The day will also be officially opened by BBC Radio Norfolk’s Chrissie Jackson. For further details of the ‘Great Cromer Bake Off’ or to book a car boot place please contact Alex Hannah on 01603 646266.

From left to right: Paul Brooks, Pete Wegg, Iain Young, Guy Fiske, Colin Jeckell. PICTURE:: Mike Robinson Photography

Half-term fun outside and in

A host of children’s activities will be on offer at Cromer, North Walsham and Stalham community sports centres over the forthcoming May half-term.

The sessions offer youngsters aged between four and 12 the chance to take part in football fun days, shooting, skating and street-dancing, as well as summer sports days and multi-sports events.

The events will take place between Tuesday, May 30, and Friday, June 2, at the North Norfolk District Council-managed centres.

As well as these activities, there are countryside events taking place in Holt Country Park and Sadler’s Wood, North Walsham. The fun on offer includes shelter-building, a look at amphibians, reptiles and lizards and the chance to build and launch a water rocket.

All-day activities are priced at £10 while shorter sessions are priced between £2 and £3.50. To make things easier for parents, there is the added option of arranging early drop-offs and late pick-ups for just £2 at some of the events.

Maggie Prior, cabinet member for leisure, health and wellbeing, said: “These sessions offer great fun for children while keeping them busy and healthy.”

To download a brochure with more details, visit

To book the sports-centre events, visit Booking is not required for the countryside events at Holt Country Park and Sadler’s Wood, but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. For further details of these activities, email or call 07920 576634.

Cromer’s first 60s festival totally groovy, man

Cromer’s first  60s Festival drew big crowds yesterday (Sunday April 23) to North Norfolk’s iconic Cromer Pier.

The St George’s Day celebration organised by North Norfolk District Council welcomed in excess of 3,000 visitors over the course of the day. Many came on vintage scooters and motorcycles and even more got into the spirit of the 1960s by dressing in period clothing.

Maggie Prior, cabinet member for culture said: “The success of Cromer’s 60s event really shows there’s an appetite for something new and fun along the North Norfolk coast to add to the already superb calendar of events in our area. We are definitely going to look into whether this can become a yearly event.”

The event ran from 10am-4pm and was officially opened by TV and radio presenter Helen McDermott. With vintage stalls and vehicles, a screening of the 1966 World Cup Final, live music and dance, Beatles and Thunderbirds exhibitions, food and happy hours in the Pier Bar with £1 a pint, the day was packed with fun.

Nigel Pearce, ward member for Suffield Park, Cromer, who championed the event, said: “It was amazing to see so many people having a great time while celebrating the 60s. The 60s are very special to me so being able to share some of my favourite things with other people was really great. Thanks to everyone who came along.”

Get your 60s groove on in Cromer, dudes

The 1960s was full of great music, great clothes and great new ideas, and this year the dudes at North Norfolk District Council and Cromer Pier are inviting you to celebrate the decade in style.

From Mods to mini-skirts, The Beatles to The Beach Boys, flower power to flares, Mini Coopers to mood rings, the 60s were a gas! So why not relive some of that magic at Cromer’s 60s Festival on The Pier and Promenade on St George’s Day, April 23.

Maggie Prior cabinet member for culture, leisure, health and wellbeing at North Norfolk District Council said: “Whether you remember the 60s or want to know what all the fuss was about, Cromer’s 60s Festival is set to capture the flavour, sights and sounds of that era.

“We’re so pleased this community event has attracted such support from groups, entertainers and businesspeople wanting to make the day special. Keep looking at our Facebook and Twitter posts for more confirmed activities and stands. As they used to say in the 60s – be there or be square!”

The festival will be officially opened by TV presenter Helen McDermott and showcase live music and dance, vintage vehicles, screenings of the 1966 World Cup, vintage clothes, Punch and Judy and great food. And in The Pier bar there will even be 1960s happy hours with beer at £1 a pint.

Nigel Pearce, ward member for Suffield Park, Cromer, who has championed and promoted the 60s festival for Cromer, said: “The 1960s is the decade when Britain led the world in music and fashion; that really was a time when we ruled the airwaves. St George’s Day is a time to feel proud and holding this new event on St George’s Day should make us all feel proud of Cromer and the people who make our town and our district so amazing.”

The event will feature:

  • Photographs, film footage and memorabilia
  • Beatles exhibition
  • Vintage mopeds, scooters and motorbikes
  • Live music
  • 1966 World Cup final screenings
  • £1-a-pint happy hours
  • Music and video tribute to the 1960s
  • A display of Gerry Anderson memorabilia featuring Stingray, Thunderbirds, Supercar, Fireball XL 5, Captain Scarlet and more
  • Vintage cars
  • BBC Radio Norfolk’s Wally Webb complete with Lambretta and Parka coat
  • Hog roast
  • Punch and Judy
  • Vintage clothing stalls
  • RNLI Lifeboat exercise, and so much more!