Last Saturday 9th July saw the East Anglian Working Newfoundlands (EAWN) group travel to the Norfolk coast with their beautiful swimming Newfoundland dogs to entertain the crowds on the quayside with a selection of displays of their rescue abilities. They were joined by the Wells RNLI, who keep our stunning beaches safe, to show off their incredible swimming abilities in mock rescues of people in the water.
Our photographers were amongst the crowds in Wells as families watched on under the sun. Can you see yourself in our gallery below?
We had a fantastic atmosphere, with families filling the town, tucking into fish and chips from Platten’s as well as our new sweet and savoury waffles from The Waffle Shack. Don’t forget to stop by for a sweet treat in our latest shop on the quayside!
Newfoundlands: From Canada to Norfolk
These beautiful, powerful dogs are woven into the history of Norfolk, supporting the sailors in the cold North Sea waters in years gone by; their thick coats protecting them from icy Norfolk waters when hauling in fishing nets or rescuing overboard sailors. On land they became a staple of lifeguard stations along the British coast, where they were used to keep the seaside safe and rescue struggling swimmers, bringing them back onto the beaches with ease.
The event also came as an opportunity for the Wells RNLI to remind us to keep safe on Norfolk beaches, with the tide able to quickly change the landscape and trap unsuspecting walkers from the shore. To protect yourself this summer, always make sure to be aware of the tide times and to plan trips with plenty of time to return to shore safely. This is how we can all keep safe and have fun on the seaside this summer.
Here at Platten’s we want to wish EAWN all the best for their upcoming shows and fundraiser events. You can catch the dogs this winter in Elveden as they cart felled Christmas trees to customers’ cars – what a sight!
Looking for something else to enjoy on your next trip to Wells, apart from our restaurant of course? Check out our hidden gems of North Norfolk here.