KL. FM Off Air, By Ross Birkenshaw, July 12, 2016

Festival Too Saturday night - the crowd filled the Tuesday Market Place. ENGANL00120141102142828
Festival Too Saturday night - the crowd filled the Tuesday Market Place. ENGANL00120141102142828

What an amazingly brilliant Festival Too it’s been this year! Three weeks of amazing entertainment and all for absolutely nothing. The organisers really have outdone themselves this year, putting together one of the best line-ups ever. From the outstanding opening fireworks, to the pop sensation of The Vamps to last weekends’ finale with Gabrielle. There aren’t many festivals around the world that put on a series of events like we experience here in King’s Lynn and the fact it’s free is brilliant. So please if you’re on the Tuesday Market Place this Friday or Saturday, please drop a couple of pounds into a Festival Too bucket.

Back here in the King’s Lynn News Centre, it has undoubtedly been one of the busiest, weirdest and mind blowing couple of weeks I have ever experienced as a broadcaster. The fallout from the EU Referendum has left many of us in some ways numb. The events that have followed since that Friday morning when we learnt we would be leaving the EU have been rapid. Political leaders standing down, others refusing to go, countries and cities looking to remain in the EU, battles to take charge of running the country and concerns over the financial stability of the economy. All that aside, the one thing that has really shocked and appalled me is the sudden rise in unprovoked race-hate crimes up and down the country. I find it so sad that in 2016 those who are living and working here, contributing to the UK, paying taxes and helping some of our key public services to keep going. We are supposed to live in a peaceful and tolerant society. Let’s hope these are just a few isolated incidents and we see no more of them.

On a lighter note I have to give the team of dedicated residents in a West Norfolk Village a mention. I recently went to the gorgeous village of Great Massingham to cover the launch of two new rural bus services. Run by the West Norfolk Community Transport, the Go To Town services will help provide a link between rural villages and main bus routes and to King’s Lynn. It has been years in the planning, and received much support from the WNCT and local MP Sir Henry Bellingham. It’s a real testament to what a small group of like-minded individuals can do.