The villages of Billockby, Burgh and Clippesby celebrated Norfolk Day in style. The Mayor of Great Yarmouth Cllr. Mary Coleman opened the proceedings after she and her Consort Cllr. Barry Coleman were escorted onto the playing fiel by the marching band of the Winterton Marine Cadets.
The band looked very smart even though, because of the heat, they were not dressed in their ceremonial blue uniforms.
We were extremely grateful for the presence of the Mayor and the Band giving an air of formality and importance to the start of our informal and friendly afternoon.
Six year old Maya Forde-Pogson gave the Mayor a presentation bunch of sunflowers and the Band entertained us with some rousing tunes and very clever drumming before being inspected and marching off to disband and join us for refreshments.
Families spread their rugs on the grass under shade from the surrounding trees and enjoyed their picnics listening to music from Lois and Andy and watching the children amuse themselves with garden Jenga, cricket and rounders.
The Mayor stayed a long time chatting to people and looking at the exhibition of old village photographs in the Hall and the colourful paintings of the schoolchildren commemoratig the sacrifices made in the Great War.
In the Hall there was a tempting array of cakes, all made and given by volunteers, several of whom served teas and cold drinks which were very welcome on such a stifling hot day.
The organising team for the event of Daniel, Helen, Jean, Judith & June were very grateful for all the help they received in setting things up - and clearing away of course - in providing refreshments, musical entertainment, exhibitions of activites, playing with the children and to the generous sponsors, namely the Village Hall Committee and Fleggburgh Parish Council. They were very appreciative too of the prominent part played by the Mayor and her Consort and by the Winterton Marine Cadets.
The organisers thank everyone who contributed in any way to make this afternoon such a success and, with this experience behind them of the first official Norfolk Day, they hope next year's event will be even better and that it will be the forerunner of many more in the years to come continuing to provide an opportunity for the whole Parish to get together.