Busy time at Hunstanton in the sunshine over Easter
There was some concern that petrol difficulties may affect numbers heading to the coast over the Easter bank holiday weekend, but plenty of sunshine meant that the promenade at Hunstanton was pretty packed for the time of year.
Pictures taken here for the Lynn News were from Sunday but, but the whole weekend was busy.
Perhaps somewhat fewer ventured into the sea itself but the RNLI have issued a warning to visitors to UK shorelines to beware cold seas at this time of year. That can cause cold water shock that might put the swimming in danger.
It was a healthy 17C yesterday but from tomorrow temperatures will take something of a dip down to 13C and there could be rain by next weekend.
Colleen Roper operates the Rainbow Park amusements with about 24 rides on the seafront and this morning she appeared on BBC Radio Norfolk.
Chatting to Chris Goreham they discussed the focus on the start of the season for the tourism industry and how Norfolk has fared over the Easter weekend.
Colleen said: " We've had a wonderful Easter.
"The weather’s been glorious.
"It has been the best possible start for the summer season.
"We hope the momentum continues, with the amount of visitors we have seen it has been really positive.
"The weather was on our side for once especially after the February half term which with storm Eunice was a bit of a wash out.
"This Easter has been the first without restrictions since 2019, visitors have come back and they have been really enthusiastic to spend their time with us which is great and explore the local attractions that are here.
"The resort really had a fantastic buzz about it.
"We never take what we do for granted at all and we are aware that there are so many factors that contribute to us having good or bad business.
"A good Easter especially is really important to all the businesses in the resort especially those that rely on tourism that are seasonal.
"It’s really important that we encourage people to come to the town and spend their time with us and have a great day and Hunstanton can certainly provide that.
"The cost of living is something that we are very aware of as a family of five and people that come to Hunstanton, day-trippers and holiday makers need to put fuel in their cars to get here in the first place.
"We have seen visitors from as far away as Scotland.
"We are very aware that there are extra costs to visit Hunstanton here on the West Norfolk coast.
"For the moment we have held our prices here on Rainbow Park this year and we've done that for the last two years and so we are absorbing the cost as much as we can and hope that we can provide real value for money and a good time for all those people who do want to come with their family and spend time out in the fresh air.
"Attractions like ours create some of the happiest memories for families and we hope by absorbing some of those costs that we enable everybody to do that.
"Because of Easter we are really confident that people want to come back to Hunstanton and that people still know where Hunstanton is.
"I think that when Hunstanton closes for the winter we all kind of hold our breath waiting for people to come back so it’s been really positive that we've seen that the car parks have been full and that the promenade has been busy and that’s exactly what you want to see in a seaside town.
"We are really confident for the summer season we just hope that the weather holds out obviously that’s a real determining factor in to people wanting to get in their car and visit the seaside.
"The town had a real buzz about it and Saturday in particular was exceptional.
"We had the delayed Christmas swim which became an Easter swim this year.
"To see so many people out enjoying themselves with the families outside, everybody smiling, no masks which is great to see people’s faces.
"We've seen all ages, teenagers, grandmas and grandads and to see people enjoy themselves, for us it makes us enjoy our work too."