KING’S LYNN: Petition to retain site and duration
An online petition calling for The Mart to be retained as a two-week fair in Tuesday Market Place has attracted 300 signatures.
West Norfolk Council has proposed the historic fair will be an eight or nine day event in the future and this year most rides will be packed away on Sunday, February 23.
Harry Overton, 52, an independent showman and signwriter, of Terrington St Clement, launched a petition at change.org calling for The Mart not to be retained in its traditional form and location.
He said: “Many people like The Mart and even those that don’t like it are happy to see it there because it is part of our heritage. I am sick of our heritage being eroded.”
Opening hours changes were proposed by a task group set up to review all aspects of The Mart following the death of three-year-old Rio Bell, who was hit by a car nearby in King Street after visiting the fair last year.
The petition said: “The annual King’s Lynn Mart, is part of the town’s rich heritage and a valuable asset to our town.
“You the Borough Council of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk have an obligation to the people, showmen and our great history to maintain the continuance of this great historical annual two week Mart and not shorten it’s duration or move its location.”
Nick Daubney, West Norfolk Council leader, has previously said there are no plans to move The Mart away from Tuesday Market Place.
A council spokesman said: “The petition process allows people to demonstrate their strength of feeling on key issues and if adequately supported will prompt debate of the matter at Full Council.
“The changes that have been adopted were the recommendations of a task group which included representatives of the Showmans’ Guild. Before making its recommendations the group consulted with interested parties.”
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