The East is inextricably linked with the sea, whether for food, trade, travel or leisure, so it’s no surprise that sea shanties are part of the region’s culture.
The Sheringham Shantymen officially formed in 1990 from a group of lifeboat men and their friends, who had previously enjoyed singing the sea songs informally.
They are still strongly linked with the lifeboat, and are the only non-RNLI organisation allowed to wear the RNLI badge on their uniform. Over the course of three years they raised £20,000 to buy a new D class lifeboat for the Sheringham station, who in return named it The Sheringham Shantymen.
The group have performed hundreds of times locally, and made many international appearances, including in Germany, the USA and France. They’re no strangers to television either, having sung on Children in Need, The One Show and Blue Peter.
You can find out more about them, and hear their work at www.shantymen.com.
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