Festival lights up King’s Lynn landmarks

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Some of Lynn’s most prominent buildings were transformed on Friday night as a spectacular light festival was launched around the town.

Projections are now being shown each evening at six sites around the town centre in the final phase of an artistic link between West Norfolk and the French town of Amiens.

King's Lynn Lights up with the Lynn Lumiere Launch'1-3 Tuesday Market Place ANL-150330-101227009

King's Lynn Lights up with the Lynn Lumiere Launch'1-3 Tuesday Market Place ANL-150330-101227009

Artists travelled from France to set up the displays ahead of the launch event.

And Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk Council’s cabinet member for culture, tourism and marketing, said the weekend had been “absolutely fantastic”.

She added: “I was in town on Friday and Saturday evenings and the people who were watching the displays were absolutely full of compliments.

“I’m just so proud that we have this in King’s Lynn. You would have to travel hundreds of miles, I believe, to have such a light festival. It’s such an asset for King’s Lynn.”

King's Lynn Lights up with the Lynn Lumiere Launch'Greyfriars Tower ANL-150330-101152009

King's Lynn Lights up with the Lynn Lumiere Launch'Greyfriars Tower ANL-150330-101152009

The festival, which marked the start of a series of public events which will be held in Lynn during the spring and summer, has been funded using part of a £400,000 European Union funding package for artistic links.

The deadline for using that cash, which has funded a series of projects over the past two-and-a-half years, expires today.

The festival includes some of Lynn’s most iconic landmarks including the Custom House, where the Night Sailors projection first launched last summer has returned to its walls, the Greyfriars Tower, St Nicholas Chapel and King’s Lynn Minster.

The other sites on the trail are 1-3 Tuesday Market Place, where the TSB bank is, and 18 New Conduit Street, next to Argos.

King's Lynn Lights up with the Lynn Lumiere Launch'One of the acts performing in the Town Centre ANL-150330-101305009

King's Lynn Lights up with the Lynn Lumiere Launch'One of the acts performing in the Town Centre ANL-150330-101305009

The switch-on was preceded by a celebration event in the Tuesday Market Place, which was hosted by KL.FM’s Simon Rowe and Emily Bull.

Hundreds of revellers enjoyed music from The B-side and The Houndogs both before and after the switch-on.

The programme also included fire performances in the Vancouver Quarter and a lantern-making session in the centre on Saturday.

The session was then followed by a procession around all of the festival sites on Saturday evening.

King's Lynn Lights up with the Lynn Lumiere Launch'Custom House ANL-150330-101239009

King's Lynn Lights up with the Lynn Lumiere Launch'Custom House ANL-150330-101239009