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Festival Too King’s Lynn South Quay, Campbells, Frigoscandia, West Norfolk Council, July 1989

Nostalgia round-up in Tuesday, July 4’s Lynn News:

When the Festival Too fireworks display went ahead on Lynn’s South Quay in July 1989 one man surveyed the scene with special satisfaction. Ted Martin, chairman and driving force behind Festival Too since its first year in 1986 had seen his brainchild grow and flourish and become one of the area’s most popular free attractions. Ted was preparing to step down as chairman, handing over to another founder, solicitor Martyn Royall.

This picture shows some of the Festival Too sponsors handing over their cheques – in total £16,000 was donated – and from left are: Ted Carter (Veltshaw Builders), Ian McAllister (Campbells), Pam Kirby and Elaine Wozniak (Frigoscandia), Ian Stockwell (Borough Council leader), Ted Martin (chairman), Simon Beales (Borough Council), Ruth Smith and Julie Symons (Marks and Spencer), Peter Lawman (Anglia Canners). Photo: MLNF-896114


• On this week: July 2–8, 1999

Hunstanton Festival organisers are celebrating after the end of an “excellent” three-week-long event. James Lowe, the festival organiser, said attendances were “good” with several up on previous events. The festival was extended from two to three weeks, to allow the art exhibition to run in the town hall for a week, and this proved to be a success as it attracted a lot of visitors. All the events proved popular with Flamenco Express and Hunstanton Royal British Legion’s concert band attracting the biggest crowds, said Mr Lowe, adding that the standard of entrants in the prizewinners’ concert was “very high”.

Part of Hardwick Road, one of Lynn’s busiest access routes, is to receive a £30,000 facelift this summer. Decaying poplar trees along the front of Hardwick Caravan site are to be removed and replaced by fencing, hedges, trees and bulbs. The improvements will also give caravan site residents privacy and security and reduce noise and pollution.

Judith Elderkin, president of the National Union of Teachers, visited the language development centre and learning support centre based at Terrington St Clement Primary School. She praised the unique project which caters for children who have speech problems and also helps children who may have learning as well as speech difficulties. Mrs Elderkin, a member of the union’s special needs committee, also went to West Lynn Primary School during her visit to West Norfolk.

People from 14 villages in the Castle Acre, Harpley and Helhoughton area may soon have their own CyberCentre offering increased access to computers and the internet. A ten-week feasibility study on providing a community computer centre at Weasenham Primary School is being carried out and the CyberCentre committee chairman, Tim Champion, said the aims of the project were to increase access to jobs for unemployed people through information technology training, to helping small businesses and to “expand the minds of our children”.

The fight for improvements to the accident blackspot at Lavender Corner on the A149 at Heacham has been taken up by North West Norfolk MP Dr George Turner. He attended a meeting with parish, borough and county councillors at the junction to “see for myself the problems there are”. The county council has previously agreed in principle to a £1 million roundabout at the site, although the managing director of Norfolk Lavender, Henry Head, has suggested an alternative scheme for traffic lights to be installed.

Lynn town centre is enjoying an economic boom – with more than £8.5 million invested by retailers and businesses over the last year. The latest survey by the Town Centre Partnership and West Norfolk Council says central Lynn has its highest occupancy levels for ten years. There are now only 18 empty properties in the town centre, but at the start of 1998 the figure stood at almost 50 properties available.

Eleven-year-old Sarah Stow, of Walpole St Andrew, was so moved by images of refugees from Kosovo she decided to do something about it – by getting together with other horse and pony riders to take part in a sponsored hack around the Walpoles. The “Kosovo clip-clop” resulted in £544.37p being raised which was presented to the Lynn Red Cross branch and the money going towards medical supplies and transporting the thousands of refugees back to their homes.

Elderly and disabled people in Downham and Hunstanton are to get a helping hand to get around – thanks to the West Norfolk Community Transport Project. The transport scheme is expanding with plans to buy a new £28,200 minibus following a £7,500 grant from West Norfolk Council. The bus will be used to tow the shopmobility trailer with its equipment to its destination, and once the trailer has been delivered the minibus will then be used to take people from surrounding villages to the towns and back.

Budding footballers from Clenchwarton Primary School have done their best to match Manchester United’s achievements – for they have won their own version of the treble. The team has won Lynn Primary School FA’s junior league, the Carnell Shield at Sutton Bridge and the Geoffrey Collings and Co Shield at Long Sutton.

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