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14 May 2018

TV Wedding hopes for bumper Boat Show crowd

What do you do when your event clashes with the must-see wedding of the year?

Rather than reschedule this Saturday’s second Brundall Boat Show, organisers are laying on big-screen coverage of the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Visitors can join a UK TV audience expected to top 20 million and raise a glass by the river as the couple tie the knot in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

James Fraser, Managing Director of Norfolk Yacht Agency, which is hosting the event along with Norfolk Boat Sales, East Hills Cafe Bistro and Tingdene Marinas, said he hoped the move would ensure another bumper crowd on the banks of the River Yare.

“We were all very cheered by the success of the first show last year, and when we realised there was a clash with the Royal Wedding we decided to combine the two rather than reschedule,” he added.

“The big screen in the marquee will ensure no-one need miss the big moment, and what better place to share a toast than in the heart of the Broads?”

As well as more than 150 new and used boats available to view on the water, from first-time craft to larger yachts, the show hosts exhibitions from local marine businesses, live music, food and entertainment.

“The aim of the show is to cater for both the seasoned seafarer and those looking to dip their toe in the water and buy their first boat,” said Mr Fraser.

“Our staff will be on hand to talk people through all the options and, of course, show them first-hand the joy of boating.”

East Hills will be providing the catering for the event, and hosting an outdoor Royal Wedding after party from 4pm, with an al fresco BBQ, cocktails and live music from The Anyones.

A bouncy castle and bumper boats will keep youngsters entertained, while boat taxis will shuttle guests between the show’s marinas.

Entry is free from 10am to 5pm and, while limited parking will be provided by Brooms Boats, the venue is a short walk from Brundall train station and the nearest bus stop.

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