Hundreds turn out to celebrate Magna Carta anniversary

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This weekend (Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14) King’s Lynn hosted a range of free medieval themed activities to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta – the document which laid the foundations for modern rights and freedoms.

Councillor Elizabeth Nockolds, Borough Council Cabinet Member for Culture, Heritage and Health said: “This was a really important anniversary and we were keen to mark it in King’s Lynn.

“During the weekend over 800 people visited Lynn Museum, with over 400 minting their own King John Penny as a memento of the day, and the unseasonable weather didn’t stop people enjoying the energetic displays in the Tuesday Market Place.

“It was particularly pleasing to see so many children enjoying learning about the Magna Carta and connecting what they’d learned at the museum to the displays in Tuesday Market Place and hopefully the fun they’ve had will inspire them to find out more about our fascinating history.

“Overall, I think people really enjoyed the event and it certainly brought plenty of medieval colour to a rather grey weekend!”

The Magna Carta 800 event is just one of the free public events organised by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk this year. The next event, Forties Lynn: Life on the Home Front, will be held on Sunday, July 19. Full details are available at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/events.