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Former MP urges action on King's Lynn Guildhall

By Lynn News Reporter

King's Lynn Arts Centre - St George's Guildhall. (3538190)
King's Lynn Arts Centre - St George's Guildhall. (3538190)

A former West Norfolk MP has urged the owners of Lynn’s St George’s Guildhall to take “any and every step necessary” to secure the building’s future.

Christopher Brocklebank-Fowler has written to the National Trust, following the growing concerns for the building’s future in recent times.

Last month, West Norfolk Council, which leases the site from the trust, announced that an unnamed benefactor had come forward with redevelopment.

But Mr Brocklebank-Fowler said he had been “concerned” to read of the concerns for the building expressed prior to the announcement in a national magazine.

He wrote: “I would be grateful if you will be kind enough to give me your personal assurance that the Trust will take any and every step necessary to assure the future of this outstanding building.”

Mr Brocklebank-Fowler was the MP for King’s Lynn from 1970 to 1974 before representing North West Norfolk until 1983.

However, he is probably best known for defecting from the Conservatives to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1981.

He was then defeated by the current MP, Sir Henry Bellingham, at the general election two years later.

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