Gorleston Clifftop Festival celebrates the beauty of the East Coast
PUBLISHED: 19:07 30 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:20 31 July 2017
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An estimated 20,000 people flocked to the cliffs of Gorleston to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its annual summer festival.
Gorleston Clifftop Festival took place this weekend - Saturday, July 29 to Sunday, July 30.
The free event, which stretches for three-quarters of a mile down the glorious coastline, entertained crowds with musical performances, comedy acts and a variety of craft stalls spread over its 11 arenas.
Vicky Webber, event organiser, said: “The festival means a lot to Gorleston. It’s the biggest event the town has and there is always such a buzz around it.
“People love it because we don’t usually stage events of this scale throughout the year, they usually take place in Great Yarmouth.”
Saturday’s dog show proved especially popular with prizes going to pooches with the smoothest coat and waggiest tail.
Mrs Webber added: “We are doing what we can to provide the whole family with free entertainment - we now even include the dogs.”
Many of the festival volunteers come via the East Anglia Anchorage Trust - a charity supporting young people in transition who have been homeless or are at risk of homelessness.
James Sinclair, of the trust, said: “The festival has been very beneficial for us. It helps us raise awareness and funds while our users gain invaluable work experience.
“It’s great for Gorleston and we want to thank the organisers for involving our young people.”
The festival’s primary sponsorship comes from Tingdene Lifestyle Parks.
Benjamin Race, of Tingdene, praised the festival as “a celebration of the East Coast”.
He said: “The day is all about families and all about the East coast so it’s a perfect fit for us.
“Its location atop the cliffs provide perfect panoramic views of a beautiful coastline that we are sometimes guilty of taking for granted.”
Mrs Webber said she was grateful to the public and festival sponsors for their constant support.
She said: “It amazes me every year that as a group of volunteers we can come together and put something like this on.”