Youngsters to make film on King’s Lynn Mart

All the Fun of the Fair film-making course  'left to right Ruth Farnan learning and engagement officer and Stacey Kennedy archivist ANL-160127-224057009
All the Fun of the Fair film-making course 'left to right Ruth Farnan learning and engagement officer and Stacey Kennedy archivist ANL-160127-224057009
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A lion attack, the arrival of moving pictures and a man being trampled to death by an elephant in Lynn town centre will be part of a film which charts the rich history of The Mart.

Youngsters aged between 10 and 15 will be exploring stories from the 800-year history of The Mart during a film making course, which will be held in February and March.

It is a tradition for Lynn's mayors to ride on the gallopers

It is a tradition for Lynn's mayors to ride on the gallopers

Once complete the film will be displayed within the newly revamped Town Hall when it opens later this year following a multi-million renovation, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

West Norfolk Council, Norfolk Museum Service and Norfolk Record Office are working together to put on this course, which only has two places left.

One of the people involved in the course is Ruth Farnan.

She said: “The Mart is well loved but it has firm historical roots. People are not aware of the rich history it has got.”

One of the attractions of the 1911 Mart

One of the attractions of the 1911 Mart

A professional film maker will be working with the youngsters to create a short film after looking at objects and documents associated with The Mart.

In 1896 Randal Williams was the first showman to bring moving pictures to the Mart.

Exotic animals were once bought to the Mart during the 19th century.

In 1816 a man was killed in Tuesday Market Place by an elephant while Edward Gamble, of Castle Acre, lost a hand to a lion in 1865,

Aeiral view of Lynn Mart

Aeiral view of Lynn Mart

The course was launched during an event on Wednesday.

Council cabinet member Elizabeth Nockolds said: “They will be able to learn about the fascinating history of The Mart in Lynn whilst also learning about how to design, develop and produce a short film, which will then be shown to a wider audience.”

Sessions, which cost £10, will be held on Saturday, February 20, noon to 4pm; Wednesday, February 24, 5-7pm; Wednesday, March 2, 5-7pm; and Wednesday 9th March 5-7pm. To book a place call 01553 669287 or ruth.farnan@norfolk.gov.uk