Lessons at the Mart for King’s Lynn schoolchildren

Special day for 600 youngsters at the Mart on Tuesday organised by King's Lynn Trinity Rotary and the Showmens' Guild. ANL-150224-132120009
Special day for 600 youngsters at the Mart on Tuesday organised by King's Lynn Trinity Rotary and the Showmens' Guild. ANL-150224-132120009

Hundreds of children swapped the classroom for the fairground as they enjoyed a day at Lynn’s historic Mart in an initiative led by a town community group.

For the fourth successive year, members of the King’s Lynn Trinity Rotary Club invited children from several local schools to the fair in the Tuesday Market Place to enjoy the rides.

Special day for 600 youngsters at the Mart on Tuesday organised by King's Lynn Trinity Rotary and the Showmens' Guild. ANL-150224-132110009

Special day for 600 youngsters at the Mart on Tuesday organised by King's Lynn Trinity Rotary and the Showmens' Guild. ANL-150224-132110009

The event, which was held on Tuesday, was organised in conjunction with the Showman’s Guild of Great Britain, who stage the popular fair.

The two groups are connected through Lawrence Appleton, who is both a guild and Trinity Rotary club member.

Borough councillor Lesley Bambridge, a former president of the Trinity club, said the day was bigger and better than previous years as more schools had responded to their invitation to bring pupils along.

She said: “We used to take children from local schools to an event that wasn’t operated in the same way.

Special day for 600 youngsters at the Mart on Tuesday organised by King's Lynn Trinity Rotary and the Showmens' Guild. ANL-150224-132020009

Special day for 600 youngsters at the Mart on Tuesday organised by King's Lynn Trinity Rotary and the Showmens' Guild. ANL-150224-132020009

“ When Lawrence suggested we bring them to the Mart we jumped for joy.”

Around 600 children from eight different schools enjoyed the event and were joined on some of the rides by borough mayor Barry Ayres and the Trinity club’s current president, Malcolm Wood.

And Miss Bambridge said the day was meant to be a special day, particularly for youngsters who might otherwise not get the chance to sample the atmosphere of the Mart.

She explained: “When we approach the schools, we say if you’ve got children who might not go to the Mart, for financial reasons or other reasons, perhaps you can bring them along.

Special day for 600 youngsters at the Mart on Tuesday organised by King's Lynn Trinity Rotary and the Showmens' Guild. The Mayor Cllr Barry Ayres with the Mayoress Mrs Christine Ayres and Trinity Rotary President Malcolm Wood enjoy one of the rides. ANL-150224-132058009

Special day for 600 youngsters at the Mart on Tuesday organised by King's Lynn Trinity Rotary and the Showmens' Guild. The Mayor Cllr Barry Ayres with the Mayoress Mrs Christine Ayres and Trinity Rotary President Malcolm Wood enjoy one of the rides. ANL-150224-132058009

“What’s fantastic is that the Showmen have opened up more this year so there’s more rides for people to go on.”

Among those attending this year was the whole of the Churchill Park complex needs school, even though many of the children who use wheelchairs could not actually go on the rides themselves.

Not all the school’s pupils were able to attend last year, but Miss Bambridge said they had still enjoyed being around the sights and sounds of the fairground.

“They loved the lights and the noise. They loved the atmosphere.”

Other schools taking part included the Greyfriars Primary, of which Miss Bambridge is a governor, and the Whitefriars Primary, with Whitefriars bringing 60 children alone.

And Miss Bambridge said the teachers who accompanied their pupils to the fair enjoyed themselves just as much as the youngsters.

She added: “It’s so lovely to be able to do something like this for the children.”

This year’s Mart, which began on its traditional Valentine’s Day opening date, will close tomorrow.