Car park shows off its award

Visitors using Lynn's newest car park will be reminded of its award-winning qualities every time they enter after a plaque labelling it a winner was unveiled on Thursday.

The 6 million St James car park, in Lynn's Clough Lane, was named the number one car park in Great Britain last month.

Head of the Car Park Appreciation Society, Kevin Beresford, who gave the new multi-storey top marks joined West Norfolk Council's deputy leader and cabinet member for regeneration Nick Daubney and Borough Mayor Trevor Manley, for the unveiling of the plaque.

Mr Manley said he was "personally very proud" of the award and hoped the opening of the car park would attract more trade for the newly-revamped town shopping centre.

The plaque unveiling was captured on film for the pilot of a new Channel 4 morning news programme due to be launched on Friday.

Morning Glory, which will be hosted by Dermot O'Leary, who fronted the Big Brother's Little Brother programme, will run from 8.30am to 9am daily and will feature celebrity interviews and quirky local news stories from around the country.

Although the piece on the car park was filmed for a pilot to be shown to Channel 4 executives, the production company Endemol is considering returning to reshoot the footage for a slot when the show starts.

The Lynn car park was the last one that Mr Beresford visited during his three-month survey, which took him across the length of the UK.

It was marked on factors including lighting and ambience, scrape marks, spaciousness, tyre squeal factor, ease of use and safety features.

Mr Beresford, who has written two books on British roundabouts, said AA Insurance had commissioned the survey to celebrate car parks where drivers were least likely to need to make an insurance claim and when he saw the Lynn multi-storey it was "love at first sight".

He confirmed he had been asked to turn his car park survey into a book and expected there might also be a calendar in September featuring the Lynn car park.