Hundreds turn out to support Castle Rising picnic fund-raiser

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Picnic at the Castle, in Castle Rising ANL-150621-093332001

People from as far as Nottingham took part in charity fund-raiser last night which saw them enjoy picnics within the historic setting of Castle Rising.

The so called Picnic at the Castle, now in its fifth year, runs until dusk and is the biggest single fund-raiser in Macmillan’s annual West Norfolk calendar.

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Picnic at the Castle, in Castle Rising ANL-150621-093030001

More than 200 people - including four visitors from Nottingham - turned out with picnics, drinks, tables and chairs to enjoy a night of music with the Ouse Valley Jazz Band, which also played at last year’s event.

Howard Moore, chairman of the King’s Lynn Macmillan Cancer Support group, which organised the fund-raiser, said: “It’s not a dress up do, it’s a jolly good time do.

“The atmosphere was really good; people were enjoying themselves, obviously when you have a drink or two you relax, and people were very relaxed.”

He praised Judy Curtis and her husband, Charlie, for doing the bulk of the organising and Lord Greville Howard for letting the charity host the event at the castle.

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Picnic at the Castle, in Castle Rising ANL-150621-093059001

It is expected to have raised around £2,000, which will be used to help local cancer patients.

“The proceeds all went to Macmillan and will be going into the Norfolk account of Macmillan so it stays within the county,” said Mr Moore.

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Picnic at the Castle, in Castle Rising ANL-150621-093043001

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Picnic at the Castle, in Castle Rising ANL-150621-093017001