In his first visit to St Edmund’s Church in Hunstanton, the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick, gave the address at the annual civic servcice on Sunday.
Guests included the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk Peter Wilson, the borough mayor Elizabeth Watson and her deputy along with representatives from Fenland, Wisbech, Swaffham, Downham, Old Hunstanton, Holme, Ringstead, Heacham and Snettisham councils.
The dignitaries joined townspeople and councillors at the church for the service, that was led by Fr John Bloomfield.
The Rev Sam Abramain of Union Church conducted the prayers.
Blessed with excellent weather, after the service the congregation processed to the Green for the final prayer and blessing of the town and its civic leaders.
There was then a short visit to the newly-opened Heritage Centre and then tea at the Town Hall.
Reflecting on the previous year, Elaine Clutton who is in her second year as mayor of Hunstanton, spoke about her pride in the town and highlighted some achievements during the past 12 months.
She said: “There is so much to celebrate; for the second year we were worthy winners of the Community of the Year; and we’re going to try for a hat-trick this year.
“We’ve taken over the running of the Tourist Information Centre and the Community Centre where the field has been registered as a Queen Elizabeth Fields in Trust.
“Hunstanton won the Gold Award and won in the Coastal Resort Category of Anglia in Bloom, our Community Orchard goes from strength to strength and we’ve just had the centenary of the Ingleby Bowls Cup.
“All these demonstrate so well how the town works together.
“I thank and applaud everyone who takes part in these things and my theme for the rest of my mayoral term remains ‘working together’.”
Paying tribute to the town council staff led by town clerk Lisa Powell, herself runner-up in Norfolk’s Clerk of the Year, the Mayor thanked the staff at the Town Hall, her fellow councillors and all who she’d worked with throughout the year.