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Date published: 28th December 2016

From The Beatles through to Thunderbirds, from mini-Skirts to mopeds – if you remember the 1960s then come and celebrate in Cromer next year.

The 60s festival will be held on Cromer Pier and along the promenade on St George’s Day - 23 April 2017 to mark the decade when Britain was truly leading the way in music, fashion and the arts.

The community event will be hosted on Cromer Pier and Promenade on St George’s Day and feature a display of memorabilia, music and fashion.

With a mixture of stalls, displays, exhibitions and music the festival promises to be one which will grab people’s imagination and showcase all that is still Great about Britain.

Cllr Maggie Prior, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Health and Wellbeing, at North Norfolk District Council said: “Our hope is that this community event will be popular and become a regular highlight in the North Norfolk festival calendar. The 1960s showcased all that this country is great at – and what better day to hold it than St George’s Day!”

Cllr 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; it was a decade of mods, rockers and the mini-skirt.

“The Beatles became the global musical force and they still are very relevant and powerful today helping to influence music and social attitudes; they went outside of music and helped to shape today’s society in ways we may not still understand. The 1960s caught the world’s imagination and put Britain at the top, my hope is that this festival does the same for Cromer.”

“All of today’s popular culture owes a debt of gratitude to these pioneers from the 60s era and the hope is that the festival captures just a part of that energy and enthusiasm.”

We want people to join in the day, bringing in their memorabilia – clothes, photographs, and stories with everything related to that magical decade.

This event promises to capture the sights and sounds of the sixties with music on the day provided in the Theatre and by Rock The Lobster, a charitable group for promoting unseen and unheard musical talent. They will be playing songs from the 60s at the entrance to the Pier.

The event will feature:

  • A collection of photographs and memorabilia in the Theatre and the bar at the end of the Pier
  • Public memorabilia and their stories in Tides Restaurant at the front of the Pier
  • A music and video tribute to the 1960s in the Theatre
  • A display of Gerry Anderson memorabilia featuring Stingray, Thunderbirds, Supercar, Fireball XL 5, Captain Scarlet and more
  • A display of Beatles’ memorabilia including records, CDs, DVDs, books and more
  • Mopeds, scooters and motorbikes on the Pier
  • BBC Radio Norfolk’s Wally Webb complete with Lambretta and Parka coat

Organisers are looking for people to share their memories of Cromer from the 1960s and if you have photographs and stories that you would like to put into the exhibition please contact Cllr Pearce on 07733056067. There will be a video diary on the day for people to share their stories of the sixties.

Cllr Pearce added: “If any vintage clothing shops or 60s fashion inspired labels would like to take part by organising a 60s inspired fashion show on the Pier we’d love to hear from them. We also hope that the public will take part by dressing up for the day in 60s gear so that the whole area can celebrate the era when "Britannia ruled the waves"

Rory Holburn, Director of Openwide which currently manages the Pier for the Council said: "Openwide are delighted to be working with North Norfolk District Council to continue to grow Cromer Pier’s events calendar attracting new and diverse visitors to the region and adding yet more appeal for local residents to delight in.

“From a Pier that used to offer only a short summer season Cromer now has an all year round attraction bringing life and vibrancy to the local economy. This new 60s event has the potential to grow into another full weekend in the North Norfolk diary”. 

Last updated: 24th January 2017