Crowds celebrate King's Lynn's heritage
Thousands of people made their way to Lynn on Sunday to celebrate the town’s heritage.
The sun shone, historic buildings opened up and welcomed visitors, there was a big red bus to link up the locations and plenty of activities, costumes music and dance to add to the fun.
“We are absolutely over the moon with how it all went,” said Kim Leonard, one of the three Lynn Civic Society members who had organised the event in double quick time.
He explained that they would normally have ten months to plan the Heritage Open Day but pandemic restrictions meant they only got the all clear in June so it was a quick turnaround for him and fellow organisers Anna Gunn and Sandra Coleman.
“In spite of the timing we were determined to do something for the people of Lynn” he said.
It all came together on the day and the town was buzzing.
As well as dozens of its iconic buildings opening their doors to the public, there were re-enactments, the Baden Powell was moored on the riverfront, there were ferry and fishing trips, shops and businesses were open for the day and there were family activities on every corner. The council’s classic car day on the Tuesday Market Place added to the atmosphere.
More than 50 buildings and attractions were open including the Custom House, Bank House cellars and the WW2 bunkers under the market place.
One of the ‘star’ buildings was 9 King Street, which dates back to 1300. It has been empty for many years and is going to be converted into a home.
The bus was a brilliant idea, said Mr Leonard because it linked up all the locations including those on the edge of town including the Jewish Cemetery and the Hardwick Road Cemetery.
He said they were grateful to everyone involved for their support including the borough council, sponsors, stewards at the buildings, Town Guides and all of the businesses that got on board to make it such a success.