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Fair goes on despite Hunstanton Carnival axe


By Lynn News Reporter


Crafts galore at the fair in Hunstanton's town hall (13216956)
Crafts galore at the fair in Hunstanton's town hall (13216956)

Organisers of a regular series of craft fairs in Hunstanton carried on regardless despite the sudden loss of the resort’s annual carnival.

The revelation that the traditional summer weekend spectacular would not be taking place sent shockwaves through the town last week.

But officials behind the Festival of the Arts series of craft fairs at the town hall were determined their event yesterday, which would normally have coincided with the main day of carnival activities, went ahead as scheduled.

The fair was the fifth of 11 such events that are scheduled to take place during 2019.

And the funds raised from them are used to help stage a number of artistic events,such as a music festival, outdoor theatre, a Christmas Tree festival, and a picnic on Hunstanton Green with music by the Hunstanton Concert Band at the end of August.

Organiser Lorraine Cannell said: “It’s going well,” midway through the six hour event.

Craft fair organiser, Lorraine Cannell, shows an item of jewellery to customer Christine Herring (13216947)
Craft fair organiser, Lorraine Cannell, shows an item of jewellery to customer Christine Herring (13216947)

The fair featured a wide range of arts and crafts all designed and made by the stall holders themselves.

The many skills involved everything from quilted note books to paper, needle and wood crafts.

There were book sculptures - decorative ornaments made out of once used old books and a stall of attractive needle-felting ornaments created by Denise Walmsley from Lynn.

Denise Walmsley with some of her needle-felted ornaments (13216952)
Denise Walmsley with some of her needle-felted ornaments (13216952)

They sat alongside crafts such as photography, knitwear, jewellery and decorated anniversary cards.

Meanwhile, Jane Gray from Oxburgh, showed great skill with what is known as decoupage bottles - highly decorated glass bottles.



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