Lynn Christmas market is hailed as a huge success

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Organisers of the first Mediaeval Christmas Market in Lynn have hailed the event a huge success.

A number of different events attracted happy throngs of merrymakers in their thousands over the three days.

It started on Friday with a market, a lavish banquet and a carol concert performed by the Mediaeval Baebes.

Maurice Bacon, one of the directors of Legend Presents Limited who worked closely with West Norfolk Council, said: “It was a fantastic weekend and all of the feedback we have received has been good.

“King’s Lynn is an amazing place with incredible buildings and lots of history. It is the ideal town to have some of this nature.

“The market was packed on Friday and Saturday and the Mediaeval Babes concert on Sunday was a fitting finale to a fantastic few days.

“Our expectation was for it to be good, but the public have come and enjoyed what they have seen and hopefully it can grow from here.

“We really hope it will be the first of many and that it will continue to attract visitors to the town.”

At the opening on Friday evening, West Norfolk Mayor Colin Manning said it was hoped that the event would become a regular fixture on the calendar, as long as people visited it.

Shoppers were able to browse rows of stalls at the three-day market, which sold handcrafted items including jewellery, leather goods, bottles and barrels, homewares, trinkets and festive decorations.

Visitors had the chance to try their hand at archery, while there were games and activities for youngsters to take part in.

As an added attraction, the Mary Rose pop-up museum was also incorporated in the market.

The museum featured real and replica artefacts, a shop and activities for people to learn about the ship’s long and fascinating history.

On Friday evening, a traditional mediaeval banquet took place in the Town Hall where West Norfolk Mayor and Mayoress Colin and Julie Manning were joined by about 60 other guests.

The banquet was deliciously-prepared by master chef Gerry Rhodes and consisted of 20 dishes – served as they would have been in the Middle Ages.

Live music was performed to guests at the function on the lute, a rauschpfeife and other traditional instruments.

The weekend was brought to a spectacular close with a remarkable evening of music, dance and theatre from the renowned Mediaeval Baebes.

This was held at a packed St Nicholas’ Chapel and the group performed Christmas carol classics from their top-ten album “Of Kings and Angels”, as well as other contemporary and traditional songs.