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Inventive puppet show comes to RNLI Henry Blogg Museum this Easter

Lifeboats News Release

A puppet show called 'Up Jumped The Crab: A Story Of Cromer Now And Then' is coming to the Henry Blogg Museum between 2 and 4 April as the RNLI's 200th celebrations continue.

Gemma Khawaja

Cromer RNLI and RNLI Henry Blogg continue to celebrate the links between the lifeboat and the fishermen at Cromer as part of the 200 year celebrations.

This charming puppet story in miniature imagines a day at sea with some of the real Cromer crab fishermen of North Norfolk. Set to the music of East Anglian folk musicians; Bob Roberts, Tony Hall and Percy Brown, this wordless piece is 'a wonderful introduction to the magic of puppet theatre and will captivate audiences of all ages.'

The story begins with the launch of the boats and ends with a safe return home laden with Cromer crabs.

Jacqui Palmer, RNLI Heritage Development Manager said: ‘We are really excited to carry on this incredible milestone year as the charity turns 200 with a wonderful theatrical experience celebrating local heritage that will engage and delight our visitors.'

Performances will take place at 11am on Tuesday 2, Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 April 2024.

The show is for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free but all donations are very welcome.

Notes to Editors

  • The show is presented by Crooked Timber Theatre and performed and created by Gemma Khawaja.

  • The show will be performed at the Henry Blogg Museum, The Rocket House, The Gangway, Cromer, NR27 9ET.

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Key facts about Cromer RNLI

The Cromer Lifeboat Station was established in 1804 and was not taken over by the Institution from the Norfolk Shipwreck Association until 1857. Since 1923 there have been two lifeboats at Cromer, and currently there is a D Class inshore boat and Tamar all-weather lifeboat. The outstanding figure in the history of Cromer is Henry George Blogg who became a member of the Cromer crew in 1894 at the age of 18. He was coxswain from 1909-1947. During his 53 years as a lifeboat crew member, the Cromer lifeboats had been on service 387 times and rescued 873 lives. His record is without equal in the history of the Institution. No lifeboat crew member has received so many decorations for gallantry.

Gemma Khawaja

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