Letters: Ken Hill, September 25, 2015

Heritage Open Weekend, Classic Car Show and Beer, Butchers and Barbers weekend in King's Lynn. Crowds of people view the classic cars on display. ANL-150913-233747009
Heritage Open Weekend, Classic Car Show and Beer, Butchers and Barbers weekend in King's Lynn. Crowds of people view the classic cars on display. ANL-150913-233747009
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Well done Lynn Civic Society and the borough council for Heritage Open Day.

Great to see so much of Lynn’s heritage on show. And all those classic cars! Houses, cellars, tunnels and towers scored highly, but the river – a major heritage feature in itself – had only modern boats as far as I could see. It will be great next year to have the town’s own historic boat, the Baden Powell, on display in its fully restored condition. Built by Walter Worfolk on the north bank of the River Nar in 1900, the Baden Powell is currently undergoing restoration at a boatyard in Essex.

Heritage Lottery Fund money has been secured, but as with any restoration involving timber, nasty things can come to light when you delve into the structure. The King’s Lynn Worfolk Boat Trust is looking to raise further funding to take care of additional work that will be needed before the boat can get back into the River Great Ouse and give passengers a new perspective on the maritime face of the town.

At Hanse House, South Quay, on Friday evening October 9, Tim Clayton and the restoration team will be giving a Lynn’s Maritime Heritage update. There will also be a sit-down meal, music by innovative local group Too Many Whickers and other attractions. All for £20 per diner.

We all know that it costs money to maintain a historic building or a classic car. This is the time to ensure Lynn’s historic boat completes her restoration superbly.

Tickets are available from Tim Clayton Jewellery, 21-23 Chapel Street (01553 772329) or True’s Yard (01553 770479). True’s Yard will also benefit from the evening.

Ken Hill

King’s Staithe Square, Lynn