King’s Lynn bench plan for Saturday Market Place

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The King’s Lynn Civic Society has set up an appeal to replace the long low rustic bench that until recently graced the front of Lynn Town Hall.

The bench was lost in the modernisation of the Guildhall, as colourful uplighters in the pavement illuminate the front of the building.

The civic society asked West Norfolk Council to restore the seat but this was refused, however, an offer was made to place one in the Saturday Market Place.

The society has accepted the offer and are now raising funds for the bench, which will commemorate Margery Kempe.

She was a famous mediaeval mystic, born and resident of Lynn, who undertook a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and is the author of the first autobiography.

There is no public memorial to Margery Kempe in Lynn.

The metal oval bench has been designed by society member Anne Roberts, inspired by a pew end in the adjacent Minster featuring a woman in a mediaveal headdress.

The design has been approved by the council but the society must find half of the funds, setting a target of £3,000.

Donate to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/helen-russell-johnson

Alternatively cheques to King’s Lynn Civic Society (MK) at 11 Hampton Court, Nelson Street, King’s Lynn PE30 5DX.