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Thousands enjoy Harbour Day
Tue 20 Aug 2013

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Thousands of people came on Sunday 18th August for Harbour Day, a fun filled day of activities and entertainment which celebrated 350 years of the formation of Wells Harbour Commissioners.

Visitors enjoyed sea shanties sung by "The Castaways and Old Wild Rovers followed by covers band Chibber. Activities included a climbing wall put on by RAF Marham, tug-of-war and winch competitions organised by Joint Effort Gym and kayaking and paddle boarding in the quay. There were marine themed craft workshops, face painting and Punch & Judy and the crowds were entertained by walk-a-bout giant penguins and puppeteers with their dancing prawns, cheeky octopus and stirrings in the jellied eels.

North Norfolk Divers put on a dive rescue assisted by Wells RNLI and the lifeboat Doris M Mann came to the quay on the high tide along with MPI Workboat Dulcinea.

There were many stalls run by local organisations and charities as well as retail stalls and a boat jumble.

The highlight of the weekend was the visit of the Thames Barge Cambria a wooden Thames sailing barge, built at Greenhithe, Kent in 1906 which came to Wells when operational, last visiting in 1939. She is famed as the last British registered vessel to carry a commercial cargo under sail alone (until 1970) and as such forms a unique part of our industrial and maritime heritage.

Harbour Master Robert Smith said "It's been a fantastic day and far better than I ever expected. The turnout has been amazing."

Wells Harbour Commissioners would like to thank all those organisations involved who took part, all the staff who worked hard to make the event happen and all the volunteers who gave up their time freely.

The raffle on the day raised nearly 480 pounds for the Wells Harbour Maritime Trust.

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