Death-defying stunts and fun set for Gorleston Clifftop Gala

Gorleston Clifftop Festival 2013.Picture: James Bass

Gorleston Clifftop Festival 2013.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

Death-defying stunts and a showcase of four-legged friends are among the star attractions topping the bill at this year’s Gorleston Clifftop Festival.

The weekend extravaganza kicks off next month and organisers have put together a jam-packed bill as they bid to make 2014’s event the biggest and best yet.

Among the entertainment is the Wall of Death motorcycling spectacular, which is making a triumphant return to the borough after an absence of around 40 years. The Ken Fox Troupe will be performing the historic stunt on both the Saturday and Sunday. Riding classic 1920s Indian Scout bikes, the troupe perform a series of dazzling tricks while riding around the sides of a circular wooden wall, while the audience watch from above.

Vicky Webber, who is on the organising team, said the festival committee were delighted to be hosting the Wall of Death.

“It hasn’t been in the area for the past 40 years and we’re bringing it back,” she added. “When we have mentioned it to people they remember seeing it on the market place. We’re really excited about it.”

Also new to this year’s festival is the Companion Dog Show, which will see four legged friends putting their best paw forward in a range of classes.

Organisers have stressed the fun show - on the Saturday - is open to any dog aged over six months, with rosettes up for grabs from 1st to 5th place. The judging panel from the In The Pink dog display team will be casting an expert eye of the entrants, as well as taking to the stage to perform their dancing pooch routine.

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Classes cost £1 and registration starts from 9am.

Children’s activities, including a Punch and Judy show, will join the line up on Saturday while on Sunday a medieval re-enactment group will bring history to life with battle displays and a working camp.

The Embrace fun run in aid of the Louise Hamilton Centre will also set off on the Sunday and coincide with activities in the Wellbeing and Sports arena.

BWell gym will relocate some of its equipment to the seafront and run fitness sessions and visitors will also be able to enjoy hair and beauty tasters for a donation towards the Louise Hamilton Centre.

Throughout the weekend crowds can also enjoy live music, tasty treats, funfair rides and scores of trade, craft and charity stalls.

Vicky said support for the event had already started to build, particularly through social media, and hoped this would be reflected over the weekend.

“We would like it to be just as busy, if not busier than last year,” she added. “We try to mix it up and bring a lot of variety and there’s definitely a real buzz about it, which we’re really noticing this year.”

? The Clifftop Festival is held on Marine Parade on July 26 and 27 from 11am - 10pm each day. There are still spaces available for craft stands.

To book, and for more information, visit www.clifftopfestival.info