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King's Lynn Heritage Open Day cancelled because of coronavirus

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The Heritage Open Day due to take place on Sunday, September 13, this year has fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic.

The King’s Lynn Civic Society, which organises the popular event, has announced the cancellation for 2020.

But it will be back “bigger and better” for 2021, said a spokesman.

Red bus in Lynn on Heritage Open Day. Picture by Patricia Pleasants (36806431)
Red bus in Lynn on Heritage Open Day. Picture by Patricia Pleasants (36806431)

More than 50 buildings open up their doors to the public to take part in Heritage Open Day (HODs).

Kim Leonard, of the three-person organsing committee, said the society had been left with little choice but to pull the plug.

He said: “It was one of those things where when it first started we did not know how long it was goign to go on for, whether it would just be a spike or months before it was sorted.

“But the HODs is like an iceberg ... the day is just the tip of it. there is so much more to organise. It was getting to the stage whre we could not go ahead, not only because of the restrictions that would be around it but also because of the planning behind it. It became inevitable.

“We had said we would leave it until April before making a decision. April came and we said we would hang on a bit longer but I think we all knew in our own hearts it would not go ahead. Although it was difficult in one sense, it was easy to make really because of the way things are.”

The organisers had already been told that the vintage buses that are such an integral part of the day would not be taking part and a further blow was dealt with the death of Chris Jacklin, a member of Nelson’s Shantymen, who had been due to perform at the event.

Mr Leonard said: “We will definitely 100 per cent be back in 201 and it will be bigger and better I am sure.”

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