Heritage Open Day brought a colourful atmosphere to wet and windy Lynn on Sunday and the town’s wealth of historic buildings meant there no shortage of weatherproof entertainment.
More than 40 historic venues opened their doors to the public during the annual event, organised by Lynn Civic Society with help from West Norfolk Council, town guides, businesses and property owners.
More than 1,000 visitors were recorded at the Gaol House Museum in the Town Hall alone.
Civic Society chairman Alison Gifford said: “I don’t think the weather was too much of a deterrent. It was a thriving day and it shows how interested the British public are in their past.”
It was a case of turning a necessity into a virtue when Morris Dancers had to complete their performance inside the Town Hall. “At least it showed the Stone Hall was large enough to accommodate them,” she said.
Feedback and comments from visitors showed their enthusiasm for the event. “People were mainly saying it was a great day and what a pity it was that they couldn’t get round everything in one day,” said Ms Gifford.
She thanked Jean Tuck for organising stewards for the event the owners of private properties which invited visitors in. Lath Mansion in Nelson Street was open for the first time and gave an insight into the life of wealthy 18th century merchants in Lynn.
At the other end of the scale, the Live and Let Live pub in Windsor Road was proud to be billed a back street hostelry. Landlady Rozi Woods said: “It was a lovely afternoon, apart from the weather. I think some visitors came in for a refuge.”
Pianist Rob Stevenson provided traditional pub entertainment. Regulars and visitors alike showed genuine interest in information she provided on the history of the pub, which is about 200 years old, and the area.
“I enjoyed it and I hope they did too,” said Mrs Woods.