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THEY ARE the peo­ple who help keep crowds safe dur­ing car­ni­vals, get drivers in and out of car parks at ma­jor events, en­sure run­ners can com­pete in marathons, and groups of school­child­ren can get to theatre per­for­mances. Norfolk’s ac­cred­ited traf­fic mar­shals are vet­ted by the po­lice and train with an of­fi­cial com­mu­nity safety scheme. Adam Hard­ing works for NPSS Se­cu­rity Ser­vices Ltd and is one of its most ex­pe­ri­enced Com­mu­nity Safety Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Scheme (CSAS) traf­fic mar­shals.

What kind of events do you mar­shal?

We pro­vide traf­fic mar­shals to a va­ri­ety of events, large and small. Some of the large events are for lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and in­clude Christ­mas light switch ons, fire­work events and large sport­ing events such as the Run Nor­wich 10k road race and the City of Nor­wich Half Marathon. One-off events have in­cluded the One Show rick­shaw chal­lenge through King’s Lynn and the Bri­tish Art Show in Nor­wich. We also mar­shal smaller events for lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, like festivals and fairs.

What are some favourite events to mar­shal across the county?

In Nor­wich there is the Lord Mayor’s Pro­ces­sion and Big Boom fire­works dis­play, the Nor­wich 10k run, half marathon and triathlon, then there is the San­dring­ham Flower Show, the Kings Lynn Mart and Race for Life events, Old Buck­en­ham Air Show and Re­mem­brance Sun­day events.

Changes to the Nor­wich city cen­tre road lay­outs make it chal­leng­ing – ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple how they can still ac­cess dif­fer­ent places, which they had thought were now not ac­ces­si­ble. Peo­ple get very irate about changes, but we are there to help and when you ex­plain how they can now get to places it is of­ten re­ward­ing. I also en­joy work­ing at the Kings Lynn Corn Ex­change and Nor­wich Theatre Royal, mak­ing sure the chil­dren ar­rive safely and de­part with no prob­lems. There is a lot of praise and thanks from the chil­dren them­selves, and the teach­ers and par­ents who bring them.

What pow­ers do you have?

We have pow­ers granted by the chief con­sta­bles in Norfolk, Suffolk and Es­sex to con­trol and di­rect traf­fic on the pub­lic high­way. We can de­mand the name and ad­dress of mo­torists if they disobey the di­rec­tions of the mar­shals, although this is a rar­ity. Ev­ery ac­cred­ited mar­shal car­ries an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card stat­ing the pow­ers al­lo­cated.

And how can the gen­eral pub­lic help events go smoothly?

When leav­ing an event, fol­low the di­rec­tions of a mar­shal, even if it is not the way you want to go! You will not be asked to go miles out of your way and plans are de­signed to help move large num­bers of ve­hi­cles away from any event as quickly and safely as pos­si­ble. Keep up to the car in front and be ready to pull away to help us dis­perse cars on to the out­side road network and get you home quickly!

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