Light festival to launch new King’s Lynn tourism drive

Zeppelin Light show on the Custom House King's Lynn ANL-150120-074353009
Zeppelin Light show on the Custom House King's Lynn ANL-150120-074353009
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Three more iconic Lynn buildings are to be lit up this spring during a festival organised as part of the area’s link-up with the French town of Amiens.

Spectacular light displays have been projected on to the Custom House since last summer, most recently during last week’s centenary commemorations of the Zeppelin attacks on the town.

Now council chiefs have announced that similar displays will take place at King’s Lynn Minster, St Nicholas’ Chapel and Greyfriars Tower in March.

Two other sites, in Tuesday Market Place and Baxter’s Plain, will also be included in the festival, which will take place on March 27 and 28.

And the event will also launch a series of events to be held in the town centre throughout the spring and summer.

Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk Council’s cabinet member for culture, tourism and marketing, said yesterday: “It will help businesses and promote jobs.

“We can help the area by encouraging more and more people to visit.”

The festival is being funded with the final portion of a £400,000 European Union funding package which has been used to cement cultural links between West Norfolk and the French town of Amiens over the past two and a half years. The money must be used by the end of March.

Around a dozen French artists have tendered for the opportunity to project displays around the town and new projection equipment is currently being secured.

Mrs Nockolds said the public had particularly enjoyed the Custom House displays, which began last July and the decision to expand the idea was taken once permission was given to use the cash, which originally had to be spent by last summer.

And she believes the cross-Channel links created by the project will last for a long time to come.

She said: “There are still people who haven’t been to Amiens as a visit who are asking about where to go.

“We have made some very good friends in Amiens and I’m sure the links will still be there.”

The festival will also kick off a series of events to be held in Lynn throughout the spring and summer which the council hopes will attract even more visitors.

Highlights are expected to include the Hanse festival in May, celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta in June and a freedom parade for Lynn’s air cadets in July.

Mrs Nockolds said: “It’s going to be a very, very busy time and I’m sure it will bring local people and holidaymakers here.”