Historic King’s Lynn chapel set to re-open and YOU could cut the ribbon

St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn ENGANL00120141201192754

St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn ENGANL00120141201192754

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One of Lynn’s most historic landmarks will re-open next month and you could be the one who cuts the ribbon.

The St Nicholas Chapel has been closed to the public while work on a £2.7 million project to transform the building into a modern community venue took place.

Now, officials from the Churches Conservation Trust and the chapel’s Friends group, have now announced that a grand reopening will take place on Saturday, September 12, between 11am and 4pm.

The event will be followed by an evening concert, starting at 6.30pm.

And a competition is being launched via Facebook for a local resident to open the building and be the first person inside to see the completed work.

Holly Isted, the chapel’s learning and participation officer, said: “We’re very excited about the reopening and we want as many residents as possible to join us on September 12.”

The competition will open this Wednesday, August 26, and will close at 5pm next Wednesday, September 2. Entrants must live in the Lynn area and be old enough to have a Facebook account, though parents can enter on their children’s behalf.

Entries should be submitted at via the special competition post which will be published on www.facebook.com/stnicholaschapel.

Meanwhile, the chapel’s newly-restored bells will be on public display for the first time on Wednesday.

More than £40,000 has been spent on the work, with over half of the money drawn from a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund, who also contributed most of the money to the chapel redevelopment. The Friends also raised £10,000 towards the bell project.

The bells are expected to be unloaded at around noon and will be on display in the chapel yard between 1 and 1.30pm.