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Iceni Magazine | December 14, 2018

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Cromer’s New Year’s Day Firework Display 2018

Cromer’s New Year’s Day Firework Display 2018

All eyes will be on the skies above Cromer Pier at 5pm on 1st January 2018 for the traditional New Year’s Day Firework display.

Organisers hope as many people as possible will again come to Cromer for the day – but urge them not to leave it until the last minute

“We’re delighted it’s become such a successful annual event, and with plenty of good vantage points to watch the display, come early, we don’t want anyone to miss it,” says Firework Committee Chairman Jim Bond.

“The idea has always been to bring people up to the coast for a breath of fresh air, something to eat and drink, and a fabulous firework display over the sea fired from Cromer Pier at 5pm.

“Following on from last year’s postponed event (which went ahead one week later) due to adverse weather conditions, we are looking forward

To another impressive display.

“We are fortunate to have ‘Titanium Fireworks’ back again. Titanium put on the fantastic London New Year’s Eve display. This year they are looking to make more use of the seaside location, including waterborne pyrotechnics”.

The annual display attracts over to 10,000 people into Cromer on New Year’s Day.

Director of Titanium Fireworks, Simon Page, said: “We are incredibly proud to be firing the Cromer New Year’s Day firework display from Cromer Pier, and will be making full use of this unique setting.

“We believe our experience on the London Eye, The Forth Road Bridge, Blackpool Pier and a host of stadia roofs will help us to make this display even better by using our digital firing system which allows split second firing from multiple locations.

“Some of the 150 displays we fire each year are work but others unbridle our creativity and we relish the challenges and opportunities of firing from an iconic structure like Cromer Pier.”

Prior to the fireworks there will be a fun run along Cromer Promenade at 3pm organized by North Norfolk Beach Runners.

Cromer’s New Year’s Day Firework Display 2018

Photo by Robert Hubbard winner of the 2017 Firework Photography Competition

The one mile fun run is the perfect opportunity to work off those New Year’s Eve excesses with a gentle jog or a five-minute dash if you’re up to it!

Starting from the pier forecourt, the run is open to all ages and abilities, with categories for under 13-year-olds, 14-16 year-olds, seniors, and even Fancy Dress. Registration will take place from 2.30pm for a fee of £1.

Illuminated merchandise available to buy during the afternoon outside Cromer Museum (next to the Church). Mulled wine will again be served outside the museum, with tea, coffee, and hot soup available in the church.

Local cafés, pubs, shops and restaurants will also be open and other vendors are planning to ensure the crowds who descend on Cromer won’t go hungry. 

The event is free, however there will be bucket collectors out in force on the day to fundraise for the 2019 display.

The bucket collection at the 2017 display raised a fantastic £9,000, despite the postponement. Half of this was given out in grants to local good causes and the balance has been used towards funding the 2018 display. 

“Everyone’s aware that budgets are still tight, but we do ask people give as generously as they can”, said Jim Bond.

“Just a few coins can make a lot of difference to local charities and good causes – and without everyone’s help we couldn’t continue the annual display.”

Visitors are urged to arrive in Cromer as early as possible on New Year’s Day. All three town car parks will be open. Runton Road car park will be charging a fixed charge of £2 per car for all day parking from 2pm on the day. Normal car park fees will apply on all other car parks.

There will be no parking available on Cromer Promenade on New Year’s Day.  It is hoped that details of other parking facilities will be issued nearer the time, including the local press. Alternatively, why not leave the car at home or park at an outlaying station and catch the train.

Please note Cromer Pier will be closed from 8am on New Year’s Day until after the display (approximately 7pm) although Tides Restaurant will be open until 4pm. 

Please see Cromer Town Council website (www.cromer-tc.gov.uk) or the event’s Facebook page (‘New Year’s Day Fireworks, Cromer’) for updates and a list of some of the traders who will be open on the day.

Any last minute changes to the event will be announced on local radio, via the facebook page (‘New Year’s Day Fireworks, Cromer’) and twitter (@NYDFireworks and @north_lodge).

Cromer’s New Year’s Day Firework Display 2018


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