30 Jul GY Today – Monday 30th July 2018
Thousands gather for Gorleston Clifftop festival
More than 100,000 people attended a popular seaside festival as it celebrated its 20th year.
The Gorleston Clifftop Festival, on Gorleston Cliffs, first organised in 1998, was started to give a platform to charities from across the area to raise money for good causes.
The festival is run by volunteers and is estimated to have cost around £28,000 to put on this year, sponsoring the event were local businesses such as Tingdene, Arthur Jary and Sons, and the board of the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area .
More than 100,000 people attended according to organiser estimates, despite the early rain on Sunday and stronger winds.
This year’s activities included more than forty hours of live music, a fun fair, a children’s arena, a dog show, and a grand firework display to round off the festival on Sunday night.
“It has been very successful. We had a few incidents with the wind and marquees getting blown away but Saturday was a great success” said organiser Mike Webber
He went on to say “You get such a great buzz from doing this and if I did not get that I would not do it.
“Everyone who gets involved and everyone who does it for the first time says it is so fulfilling.”
Emergency Services help woman who fell on beach
The incident, which happened on Saturday at 2.25pm, had seen a woman fall and sustain several injuries while walking .
Coastguard team members and RNLI lifeguards provided first aid and comfort to the woman.
Paramedics from a private company who were also attending the Gorleston Cliff Top Gala helped provide care as the woman’s pain became worse.
HM Gorleston Coastguard said on a Facebook post: “Shortly after their arrival the Ambulance service arrived on scene.
“The casualty was then extacted from the beach with the help of the fire service, and transported to James Paget Hostpital .
This was a good example of how different agencies work well together for the best outcome of the casualty. Well done everyone.”
Fire is stopped from spreading by Campers
Disaster was prevented after campers on the Broads helped stop a large grass fire spreading.
The fire began next to a footpath in Reedham, near the Ferry Inn and River Yare, at approx. 9.20pm on Saturday.
An eyewitness said it started just outside the camping grounds.
“Campers got buckets of water and fire extinguishers from the pub and campsite to try to put it out. That stopped it spreading. Flames shot about 20 feet in air at peak as a pile of wood next to a bed of reeds caught light.” he said
It is understood that the fire started accidentally, according to the eyewitness.
A fire crew from Great Yarmouth arrived at about 9.35pm by which time most of blaze had been put out.
They then doused area down. The eyewitness added that one tent had to be moved.