King’s Lynn weekend marks 800th anniversary of Magna Carta

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A weekend of celebration events has been taking in Lynn to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

Falconry displays, a knights’ tournament, historical re-enactments and the chance for visitors to strike their own King John pennies were among the activities on offer during two days of celebrations in the town centre.

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Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk Council cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: “The Magna Carta had a huge impact upon shaping the rights and freedoms we enjoy today and our fun family event celebrates this and King’s Lynn’s particular links with infamous King John.”

The weekend was organised as part of the council’s Stories of Lynn project and coincide with an exhibition at the town’s tourist information centre, which will continue until June 30.

As well as enjoying the displays, visitors were able to learn more about King John’s Magna Carta and his associations with Lynn, which was one of the places which minted King John pennies during his reign, at the Lynn Museum.

People were also able to strike their own King John pennies as a souvenir of the weekend, which could be used to pay a storyteller based in Baxter’s Plain, who shared tales of ancient kings and saints.

And there was a treasure trail around the town, along with the ringing of a quarter peal of bells this afternoon to coincide with the national celebrations.

Borough mayor Colin Manning led a toast in celebration of the rights and freedoms that the Magna Carta secured.