Turnstone, by John Maiden, November 22, 2016

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Last Thursday Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad arrived in Cromer after running all along the coastal footpath from Hunstanton to raise money for Children in Need.

The run had been spread over four days, with his breakfast show coming from a different location each morning.

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On the first day I was awake in time to hear Amanda Knight explaining how the ‘Barking Bugle’ provides important information for our canine companions and their owners. The next topic was the controversial skateboard ramp, which is at last going to be relocated. It was, of course, a barking mad idea to plonk it on the central promenade in the first place. Apart from the fact that its presence clearly breaches the borough council’s own bylaw, which makes it an offence to obstruct the promenade, it also breaches a covenant prohibiting structures of any kind to be erected on this section of the promenade, because it is an integral part of The Green. Before readers accuse me of being a killjoy, let me point out that there are places better suited to activities of this kind. It also amazes me that no thought appears to have been given to the health and safety of young people using this apparatus, unsupervised and without being obliged to wear protective clothing of any kind. On the other hand it is deeply disappointing that children growing up in Hunstanton today have fewer opportunities to indulge in healthy outdoor activities than those available to me. In my youth there was a boating lake and swimming pool, together with roller skating rinks near the fair and on the pier. It is worth noting that Nick Conrad completed his run on Cromer Pier. For obvious reasons he had not started out from our ‘non-pier’, but it did surprise me when he gave the town a miss altogether by setting off from Old Hunstanton after presenting his show at the Le Strange Arms Hotel...

It was at this splendid venue, a few days earlier that Hunstanton & District Probus Club had celebrated its 40th anniversary, having been founded on November 23rd 1976. Probus membership consists mainly of retired or semi-retired professional and business men, so it was hardly surprising that there was no founder member present to cut the anniversary cake. Instead, two members, who both joined in 1993, did the honours. Eric York, an RAF veteran of WWII cut the first slice after the Very Reverend Alan Warren had delivered a grace to mark this Very Special occasion. Another member who joined in 1993 is the Hon Secretary, Ken Lawson. He does an excellent job, especially when it comes organising our luncheons (including a vegan choice for me) held at the Le Strange Arms (12 Noon for 1pm) on the second Thursday of every month. Ken will be only too pleased to provide further details to any prospective members and can be contacted on 01485 532163.