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Gorleston Clifftop Festival celebrates the beauty of the East Coast

PUBLISHED: 19:07 30 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:20 31 July 2017

Gorleston Clifftop Festival pulling in the crowds on Saturday. Photo : Steve Adams

Gorleston Clifftop Festival pulling in the crowds on Saturday. Photo : Steve Adams

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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 had a variety of craft stalls. Photo : Steve AdamsGorleston Clifftop Festival had a variety of craft stalls. Photo : Steve Adams

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.”

Gorleston Clifftop Festival on Saturday, June 29. Four year old Grace Powell with a Disney Princess.Photo : Steve AdamsGorleston Clifftop Festival on Saturday, June 29. Four year old Grace Powell with a Disney Princess.Photo : Steve Adams

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.

Gorleston Clifftop Festival played host to a number of local performers over the weekend. Photo : Steve AdamsGorleston Clifftop Festival played host to a number of local performers over the weekend. Photo : Steve Adams

“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.

Gorleston Clifftop Festival's dog show proved popular with the crowds. Photo : Steve AdamsGorleston Clifftop Festival's dog show proved popular with the crowds. Photo : Steve Adams

“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.”

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