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Flags are out for Hanse Festival weekend of celebrations

Lynn’s historic international links were celebrated during the town’s annual Hanse Festival at the weekend.

The main day of activities was on Sunday and featured a flag parade through the town centre.

Hanse Festival Day Flag parade.
Hanse Festival Day Flag parade.

Visitors were invited to don either pirate or Hanse fisherman’s costumes for the procession, which featured the flags of all 16 nations which are part of the revived Hanseatic League.

Hanse Festival Day Flag parade
Hanse Festival Day Flag parade

Other highlights of the weekend included the chance to enjoy the view across the Wash from the Clifton House Tower in Queen Street, a regatta and rowing races from the South Quay.

St Nicholas Chapel, the Trues Yard museum, King’s Lynn Minster and the Hanse House were also among the venues which hosted events during the weekend.

Hanse Festival Day Flag parade
Hanse Festival Day Flag parade
Hanse Festival Day Flag parade
Hanse Festival Day Flag parade

Mayor Nick Daubney said: "The Hanse Festival celebrates everything we have to be proud of about our town – its history, people, cultural events, international links and stunning architecture.

"It draws people to the historic waterside and naturally focusses on the town’s maritime past and its position as one of the country’s most significant ports in medieval times.

“We were delighted to welcome the Latvian Ambassador to the UK, H.E. Ms Baiba Braze, to the festival and the Riga Art Nouveau exhibition being held at Hanse House.

“The weather was perfect and the festival was magnificent, the support for the talks on Saturday, the visit from the Ambassador, the music, the boats, the children’s excitement were all fantastic”.

Hanse Festival Day Flag parade
Hanse Festival Day Flag parade

Entertainment on the quayside included traditional Latvian dancing, the Hanse Regatta and live music from Pot of Gold Shantymen, The Shackleton Trio and Bear Club.

Borough councillor Elizabeth Nockolds said: "As the river played an important part in our past Hanseatic history, it was great to see so many people enjoying and cheering on the Regatta and rowing boat race.

“The Baden Powell fishing boat was very popular with the visitors and I was fortunate to be a passenger on one of the trips to the end of the Great Ouse. Sailing back under wind with the sails full out. It was an amazing experience.

"The river front looked amazing from the boat, full of people enjoying the activities.”


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