A blushing bride-to-be had a weekend to remember when she was cheered by thousands of people attending the final night of Lynn’s Festival Too.
Clare Malloy was among an estimated 14,000 crowd which gathered in the Tuesday Market Place for the finale to the annual event on Saturday night.
But, unlike the vast majority of her fellow revellers, Clare ended up on the stage herself as organisers and spectactors wished her well for her forthcoming wedding in September.
Clare, from Barnsley, said: “It was a surprise hen party. I had no idea I was going to end up in King’s Lynn and it just happened that the festival was on.
“One of the party suggested we get up on stage as a surprise. The next thing I knew I was being dragged away on stage.”
The group, which was heading back to south Yorkshire yesterday, had been staying in a log cabin at nearby Pentney for the weekend.
And Clare added: “It’s been amazing. We’d come back again.”
Music fans from across the country were among the crowds for the final weekend of the musical spectacular, which was headlined by Republica on Friday and the Fratellis on Saturday.
Another surprise guest on the stage during the finale night was West Norfolk’s mayor, Colin Manning, who praised the work of the festival’s organising committee and sponsors to make the event happen.
He told the crowd: “All of the acts that you’ve seen tonight, and who’ve come from far and wide, it’s all the results of the work of these people.”
Committee chairman Bridget Nurse also thanked everyone who contributed to the bucket collections which took place during all six of the festival events and which are made to help fund the costs of next year’s event.
It is estimated that around £7,000 was raised across the three festival weekends this year, which is £1,500 more than in 2014.
And Mrs Nurse said: “That would pay for a good tribute act. That’s what we mean.”
But that still only equates to around 10 per cent of the total cost of staging the events, as well as the street entertainment which takes place in the town centre on festival days.
Planning for the 2016 programme is expected to begin in earnest this autumn.