Valentine’s Day will see Lynn keeping with tradition for the opening of The Mart, which this year will introduce three new rides for thrill-seekers of all ages to enjoy.
Packed with all the usual rides, including the carousel and the waltzers, the chance to hook-a-duck and eat as many sweets as you want – The Mart is a huge part of the town’s tradition.
The Mart will be open from next Friday, February 14, to Tuesday, February 25, opening on weekdays from 5pm and on Saturdays from noon, but it will be closed on Sundays.
The traditional Family Day will take place on Monday, February 17, open from noon till 10pm, when all rides will be a just £1, apart from the Booster and dodgems.
The funfair will be officially opened by borough mayor, Cllr Elizabeth Watson, who will lead a procession of local dignitaries and visiting mayors from the town hall to the dodgems.
The opening ceremony is to take place at noon, with prayers led by the Reverend Canon Christopher Ivory and the Chaplain to the Showmen’s Guild, the Reverend Canon Simon Stokes. This is followed by the reading of The Mart Proclamation by chief executive of the borough council, Ray Harding, before the Bishop of Lynn blesses The Mart.
As is traditional, The Mart Bell will be rung to announce the funfair as open for business, before the mayor and her guests test out their driving skills on the dodgems.
Among the guests at the opening ceremony will be the High Sheriff of Norfolk and the Countess of Leicester.
The Mart will take over Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place from the evening of February 11 to 25, with traffic restricted from the area until the following day. Tuesday Market Place West road, which runs in front of the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, will remain open to two-way traffic as normal.
There will be no car-parking available on the Tuesday Market Place or on the Common Staithe Quay car park, behind the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange between these dates.