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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!