Improvements to an historic Lynn museum will continue thanks to a party to recognise the Chinese New Year.
The celebrations, held at Lynn’s medieval Town Hall, were hosted by West Norfolk Mayor Colin Manning to mark the Chinese Year of the Monkey.
Proceeds from the party will go to the True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum and their Silver jubilee Appeal, while a donation will also be made to the Mayor’s chosen charity of Bridge for Heroes.
Lynn historian Dr Paul Richards, who formed a committee with Kwai Li from the West Norfolk Chinese Association, said: “It was a really amazing cultural afternoon for King’s Lynn.
“We had a surge of interest from the middle of January and had to stop selling tickets a week before the event. About 40 per cent of the people were from the Chinese community.
“It was a very generous gesture by the Chinese Association and we had a lot of support from many people.
“The Town Hall was the perfect venue. It is a heritage site and an important English building, it’s fantastic.
“I’d like to thank the Mayor, the Town Hall staff and the Chinese Association for all of their help and support.”
Two hundred visitors of all ages were treated to traditional entertainment including a lion dance and sleeping lion dance in the assembly room, drumming, martial art, belly dancing, a gymnastic and ballet display and Tai Chi Fan.
Partygoers enjoyed trays of Chinese buffet, made and donated by members of the Chinese Association and a host of restaurants, accompanied by piano music.
Youngsters received goody bags, but the planned firecrackers didn’t take place due to the wet weather.
An auction and raffle, which raised almost £600, brought the day to a close.
The funds raised will help the museum’s appeal for £100,000 to invest in another 25 years of serving the public.
Dr Richards said: “The money will help sustain True’s Yard, while refurbishing and repairing the complex at the same time.
“We want True’s Yard still to be here in 2041. We don’t want it to stand still, so it’s very important that it remains in good nick.”
The third Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture – which will be held on True’s Yard official birthday of March 31 – will be held in St Nicholas Chapel.
It will reflect on the Battle of Somme with Mr Cairns-Adams speaking. Tickets for the event will be available in the near future.
“There are a whole programme of events right up until November this year. It’s going to be a very busy 2016,” said Dr Richards.
True’s Yard is an independent museum run almost entirely by volunteers and depicts the story of the old North End fishing quarter of town.