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Comic Bradley Walsh to celebrate Cromer Carnival's 50th anniversary

Cromer Carnival 1995 Image copyright Cromer Carnival
Image caption The Cromer Carnival started being run by Cromer Voluntary Entertainments Organisation in 1969

A carnival is celebrating 50 consecutive years with the return of comedian and actor Bradley Walsh to crown the carnival queen.

The current incarnation of Cromer Carnival in Norfolk started in 1969 when it was run by the Cromer Voluntary Entertainments Organisation.

This year's event started on Friday and continues until 23 August.

The carnival includes floats, fancy dress, dog shows, bake offs, live bands and a treasure hunt.

It also features its first ever gin evening, with one gin named after the festival, and screenings of a film about the 50 years.

Image copyright Cromer Pier
Image caption Bradley Walsh crowned Miss Cromer in 1988 and 1995

This year the crowning of Miss Cromer, Jessica Foster, on Sunday will follow a performance by Jack and Tim Goodacre who were Simon Cowell's golden buzzer act on Britain's Got Talent 2018.

Bradley Walsh's career has involved making it into Brentford FC's reserves, working as a Pontin's bluecoat, acting in Dr Who and Law and Order: UK and being quizmaster on ITV's The Chase.

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Image caption Floats and fancy dress have been a key part of the carnival over the years
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Image caption There is also a film of 50 years of the carnival in Cromer

Other highlights include a mini beer and cider festival, a ferreting demonstration, a sheep show and a falconry display.

Image copyright Cromer Carnival
Image caption There was a carnival in the 1950s and but it stopped in the mid-1960s before being restarted in 1969

Tony Shipp, chairman of the carnival, said: "We are very proud that we have made it as a group of volunteers. Quite a few of us have been involved for many, many years.

"It is down to all these people who have given up so much time."

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Image caption The carnival has included soap box races

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