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Crab & Lobster Festival announces the winners of the first Poster Design Competition

On Monday 12 March, Festival Chairman Tony Shipp and Festival Presidents Hilary Thompson and Noel Gant, had the pleasure of judging the entries to the Festival’s first Poster Design Competition. In total over 60 entries were received at the Festival offices from across England.

First place was shared jointly between Andrew Ruffhead from Burnham Market and Claire Knight from Alby.

Second place went to Anna Shipstone from Cromer and third place went to Tracey Hartnell from Hingham. Designs by Bridget Parsons from Sutton, Ellie Glasgow from Sheringham Primary School and Elizabeth Revell from Gresham Village School were Highly Commended.

The first prize winners will see their designs transformed into the official Festival posters for 2012 as well as a framed print of their winning design and tickets to the Festival’s Opening Concert.

Winner Andrew Ruffhead said “I am thrilled to be one of the joint winners of the poster competition for the Crab & Lobster Festival. Not only is it a great event, but it was the perfect opportunity for me to create a piece of artwork that reflects what I love to draw best ,and sort of sums up all that I sell in my `Fish and Ships Coastal Art `Gallery.”

Claire Knight, joint winner said “I’m really looking forward to seeing my poster on display. I hope it will catch the public’s eye and encourage even more visitors to the Crab & Lobster Festival this year.”

The competition, which was launched to mark the third Festival in 2012, has been hailed as a fabulous success with the two winning designs now appearing, as the Festival’s official posters, across Norfolk.

Festival Chairman Tony Shipp said “it was difficult to judge all the fabulous entries we received and the Festival is delighted that the competition attracted entries from across England. The two winning posters really do capture the sense of fun and celebration that the Festival brings to Cromer and Sheringham”.

Kate Royall from the Festival said “We are counting down the days to the 2012 Festival. The Poster Design Competition really did capture the imagination of locals, visitors, artists, children and community groups alike. The winning designs really do brighten up the Festival.”

She added that all entries to the competition will form an exhibition of designs which will run over the Festival weekend of 18-20 May 2012.

The Festival has also just launched their inaugural seafood, sandwich and snack trail. The seafood-themed snack and sandwich trail is now up and running with treats available at 30 pubs, cafes, restaurants and hotels in the two towns of Cromer and Sheringham and other nearby communities.

Each location will be offering a reasonably-priced “festival special dish” and customers will be encouraged to give marks out of 10 and put their voting cards in a box. Customers could win a meal for two, and the top-rated eateries will receive award certificates at the Festival’s charity windbreak auction on Sunday July 22.

There are three price brackets for the snacks - £2-3.99, £4-5.99 and £6-7.99.
Visit Cromer and Sheringham tourist information centres for the trail leaflets and voting boxes.

This year’s programme of events is now available on the Festival website and in the trail leaflets.

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