Cromer, a seaside town of Norfolk has a history of having a pier or jetty going back to 1391. A wooden jetty, built in 1846, came to be known as a “plain wooden structure” and was subjected to severe damage due to bad weather. Consequently, it was dismantled leaving Cromer bare. Later, this vacuum prompted the pier commissioners to rebuild a more fashionable structure which was opened in 1901. Having gone through various adversities such as outbreak of Second World War and devastating gales of 1953, the pier has managed to survive, albeit with the help from the government by way of compensation grant. In spite of severe storms, which are not uncommon on this exposed coast, the pier lives on to celebrate 110th birthday.
Hotel De Paris, having a view over the pier was originally built in 1820 for Lord Suffield as a marine residence. Ten years later, in 1830, Pierre le Francois transformed the building into a hotel taking full advantage of its prime position in the town. The hotel has hosted many quests of which one was the famous playwright Oscar Wilde and had provided Christmas job to Stephen Fry during his study years at the Norfolk College of Arts and Technology in King’s Lynn. Leisureplex, a family owned company now runs it and continues the tradition of welcoming and providing breaks for many visitors to Cromer. One of the predominant features of the town is the tallest church tower in Norfolk, reaching a height of 160ft. The tower has a historic value for being a home of a local hero, Henry blogg, who was the coxswain of the local lifeboat and saved 518 lives during his service spanning over 37 years.
Every year, the tourists have the opportunity to join in and share the excitement when the town comes together for the great Cromer Carnival which takes place in August. The aerial display is skilfully performed by the well known Red Arrows with breath taking precision.
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