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Big crowds flock to King’s Lynn’s Hanse Day celebrations

International Hanse Day celebrations in Kings Lynn
Farren Hart ANL-140518-162108009

International Hanse Day celebrations in Kings Lynn Farren Hart ANL-140518-162108009

Lynn’s biggest Hanse Day celebrations yet saw thousands gather in the sunshine to celebrate the town’s rich Hanseatic heritage.

Showcasing the town’s history and Hanseatic links, a packed programme of activities and performances filled the waterfront, with firebreathers, historians and much more, all culminating in an open-air concert and fireworks at Common Staithe Quay.

Gareth Calway, of Marriott’s Warehouse Trust who hosted a selection of entertainment, said: “You wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else. There really does seem to be a wish within the town to make the most out of it at last.

“We had lots of German visitors who were all saying what a great place Lynn is and it made you feel really proud. It was a five star day overall.”

The day’s activities took place against a backdrop of the River Ouse, which once brought ships from various Hanseatic ports to trade wine, cloth, salt and wool at what became one of Britain’s most important ports.

Lynn Town Hall provided a hub for the day’s entertainment, with children’s activities, guided walks, minstrels, fire breathers and horses parading through the town. Hanse House also hosted a medieval market, archery and a series of craft demonstrations including calligraphy, blacksmithing and pottery.

Gareth added: “There were really good musicians with great costumes and the fireworks were really something. The concert was set up nicely and Hanse House had lots going on – you could get lost for an hour in there talking about mediaeval manuscripts, and learn a lot about them.

“It was great to see lots of families there as well as some people who had moved to the area particularly for the history. There was lots of Hanse-on stuff for the kids to enjoy and get involved with and there was archery for the adults.”

The evening’s entertainment saw live music from local band Jessie’s Ghost and Norwegian group Eplemoya, with a headline performance from the Mediaeval Baebes.

Gareth said: “We had lots of local and international talents with a mix of real quality which was great – you could hear the music all the way along the waterfront and it was full of people all the way along.”

 

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