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King's Lynn Guides to host walk for Festival Too




A Lynn history group will help to keep the music playing this summer by staging a fundraising walk in aid of the annual Festival Too.

Members of the Town Guides group have joined forces with the festival’s organisers to stage a family-friendly town history walk next month.

The announcement came after the Festival Too Ball which was held at the weekend. Committee members are pictured, from left, Triston Finnis, Alan Taylor, Abbie Panks, Nick Daubney, Bridget Nurse, Shaun Blackmur, Kate Francis and Simon Wade. (2586242)
The announcement came after the Festival Too Ball which was held at the weekend. Committee members are pictured, from left, Triston Finnis, Alan Taylor, Abbie Panks, Nick Daubney, Bridget Nurse, Shaun Blackmur, Kate Francis and Simon Wade. (2586242)

The event will take place on Sunday, July 8, from 11am, during the middle weekend of the 33rd annual music extravaganza.

Guides chairman Bob Price said: “Festival Too has been going for over 30 years and is an important part of life in the town.

“It is keeping alive a tradition of using the Tuesday Market Place as an entertainment venue, as it has been for over 800 years.

“We’re pleased to be working with the Festival Too committee to raise awareness of the historical aspects of the town and the work of the Town Guides, at the same time as raising funds to help keep the entertainment going.”

The walk is the latest new initiative planned by organisers ahead of this year’s festival, which begins in less than two weeks’ time.

Last week, officials announced plans for a Festival Too Fringe which will see several events held at venues around the town from next week, in addition to the three main weekends of live music.

The fringe begins with a quiz at the Nip and Growler pub next Thursday, June 28, before a show at the Maid’s Head the following night.

Big names including the Edwin Starr Band, Geno Washington and The Darkness have already been confirmed among the festival’s line-up.

The new walk is also an extension of the Town Guides’ work, which sees them give thousands of pounds to local good causes every year from the proceeds of their events.

A series of children’s worksheets, suitable for all age groups, has also been developed in an effort to encourage families to join in.

Mr Price said: “Most people who attend our walks are from out of town, but we do get some local people as well.

“We often hear locals say ‘Well, I never knew that!’ when they attend one of our walks. It’s really rewarding when we take people who have lived in Lynn all their lives but don’t realise just how much there is to see right on their own door-steps.”

Places on the walk cost £5 for adults and £1 for accompanied children. Phone 01553 763144 for more details.



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