Revival of Recorder of King’s Lynn

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A ceremonial judicial role will be re-instated after getting the green light from councillors.

West Norfolk Council cabinet has agreed to revive the Recorder of King’s Lynn title during a meeting on Tuesday.

The council was invited by Stephen Holt, Recorder of Norwich, to reinstate the ceremonial position, which is held by a judge who sits most regularly in the town.

Judge Nicholas Coleman, who will be sitting for lengthy periods at the recently re-opened Lynn Crown Court, is expected to receive the honour.

Speaking at the cabinet meeting chief executive Ray Harding said: “It is a nice idea and we have not had one in this area for a considerable time.”

The move to revive the position was supported by Elizabeth Nockolds, member for culture, heritage and health.

She said: “The borough has always felt it was important to keep our traditions.”

Chairman of the meeting, Alistair Beales, deputy leader, was also in support.

He said: “It is going to strengthen local traditions and it is not going to cost us anything.”

The main role of the Honorary Recorder is to strengthen links between the town and the judicial system.

The recorder will be attending civic events such as Mayor-making, Battle of Britain Day events and Remembrance Day commemorations.

Towns and cities across the country have revived the traditional post in recent years.

The crown court in Lynn re-opened in March.