All the fun of the fair as the Mart opens in King’s Lynn

Annual civic opening of the King's Lynn MART takes place in the Tuesday Market Place. Borough Mayor Barry Ayres and West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham on the Jumping Frogs. ANL-150215-180826009
Annual civic opening of the King's Lynn MART takes place in the Tuesday Market Place. Borough Mayor Barry Ayres and West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham on the Jumping Frogs. ANL-150215-180826009

The weather may not have been perfect but at least it did not snow during this year’s grand opening of The Mart.

Hundreds of people gathered in Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place on Saturday afternoon to watch the traditional opening of the country’s oldest fair.

Annual civic opening of the King's Lynn MART takes place in the Tuesday Market Place. ANL-150215-180804009

Annual civic opening of the King's Lynn MART takes place in the Tuesday Market Place. ANL-150215-180804009

West Norfolk mayor Barry Ayres had the honour of declaring the 110th Mart open after taking part in a procession from the Town Hall.

He and other dignitaries, including MP Henry Bellingham, then enjoyed a tour of the rides.

Mr Ayres was able to show off his driving skills by having a bash on the dodgems and then took to the air with Mr Bellingham on the Jumping Frog ride.

Mr Ayres also proved he had a head for heights by taking on the Helter Skelter but did get stuck half-way down due to the wet weather.

Annual civic opening of the King's Lynn MART takes place in the Tuesday Market Place. Borough Council Chief Executive Ray Harding reads the charter. ANL-150215-180815009

Annual civic opening of the King's Lynn MART takes place in the Tuesday Market Place. Borough Council Chief Executive Ray Harding reads the charter. ANL-150215-180815009

The opening was followed by lunch in the Duke’s Head.

Mr Ayres said the opening was “absolutely excellent”.

He added: “The Mart is such an asset to Lynn and it would be a great travesty if it was ever lost, which I’m sure it won’t be.

“It is good for the young people and it is good for the town and trade as it brings footfall in. It is wonderful and the prices are reasonable this year.”

Annual civic opening of the King's Lynn MART takes place in the Tuesday Market Place. ANL-150215-180849009

Annual civic opening of the King's Lynn MART takes place in the Tuesday Market Place. ANL-150215-180849009

The Mart will run until Saturday, February 28.