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Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival 2010
Tony Ship (left) and Hilary Thompson
Tony and Hilary are bringing giant lobsters to Cromer and Sheringham

Cromer and Sheringham have launched their first Crab and Lobster Festival, which will run from Friday, 21 until Sunday, 23 May 2010.

The three-day event will include cookery demonstrations, music concerts and film screenings.

The build-up to the festival will also see a model crab and lobster trail.

"We've included Sheringham because we decided that both towns have a great deal to offer," said Hilary Thompson, the Lady Mayor of Cromer.

The Cromer crab has enjoyed an enviable reputation over the years, but it was only recently that the idea of a festival came to light.

"Someone e-mailed me and asked when the crab festival was taking place. They actually meant 'When was the crab-catching event happening at the Cromer Carnival'," said Tony Ship, festival chairman.

"It got me thinking and I took the idea along to the publicity committee at the town council and it took off from there," he added.

Crustacea Crawl

The festival's Crustacea Crawl is an idea inspired by the Go Elephants, which were paraded throughout Norwich in 2008.

Giant crabs and lobsters, standing 6ft (1.83m) tall and 3ft (0.91m) wide, will be sold to businesses, schools and community groups and decorated before going on display around Cromer and Sheringham.

The decorated shellfish will be available to see in the weeks leading up to the start of the festival, before being auctioned off at the event's finale.

For more information on the festival visit the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival website.

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