Letters: Richard Parr, July 1, 2017

The Custom House at King's Lynn. Picture by Julie Smart. ANL-160405-165623001

The Custom House at King's Lynn. Picture by Julie Smart. ANL-160405-165623001

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Encasing the historic gem that is Lynn’s Custom House in scaffolding for nearly four months during the town’s busiest tourist season could qualify for this year’s “You couldn’t make it up Award”.

Imagine the disappointment of our overseas visitors, having read all about Lynn and its history, particularly its most famous seafaring son, Captain George Vancouver and the Henry Bell masterpiece that is the Custom House (now home of the Tourist Information Centre), to arrive and find the building they most wanted to photograph, to show the folks back home, is surrounded by scaffolding. If the timing of this “vital” maintenance work on the wooden cupola and balustrade at the top of the building isn’t bad enough, the work also means that the popular light show is being switched off during the maintenance contract.

Apart from the series of events staged along the waterfront during the summer months, there is, of course, also Festival Too (which started on Saturday) and the King’s Lynn Festival of Music and the Arts which starts this month. It has been publicly reported that the time-frame for putting up and taking down the scaffolding and carrying out the actual work is going to take around 15 weeks. Surely this work could have been started in January or February when it would have been completed by the start of the tourist season?

Richard Parr, Gaywood