Preparations underway for King’s Lynn light festival weekend

King's Lynn Custom House and Amiens Light Display. ANL-140720-115800009
King's Lynn Custom House and Amiens Light Display. ANL-140720-115800009
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A team of artists has arrived in Lynn to prepare sites around the town for a spectacular light festival later this week.

Some of Lynn’s most iconic landmarks are among the backdrops for the displays, which are currently being tested and will be shown for the first time on Friday night.

Six sites have been chosen for the projections, including the Custom House, King’s Lynn Minster, Greyfriars Tower and St Nicholas Chapel.

The line-up includes a return for the Night Sailors display, commemorating Lynn’s role in the development of deep sea navigation, first shown at the Custom House last summer.

The other displays will be shown at 1-3 Tuesday Market Place and 18 New Conduit Street.

The festival will begin with a switch-on celebration event, including live music, in the Tuesday Market Place, from 5.30 to 7.30pm on Friday.

Four 15-minute fire shows will take place in Baxters Plain at half-hourly intervals from 6.45pm and the projections themselves will be switched on for the first time at 7pm.

The celebrations will then continue on Saturday with lantern making sessions throughout the day in the Vancouver Quarter and a parade taking in all the festival sites at 7.30pm that evening. All children taking part must be accompanied by an adult.

After the weekend, the projections will continue to be shown throughout the year, though start times will vary to reflect the lighter evenings.

The festival also marks the start of an extensive programme of public events and festivals that will be taking place in Lynn throughout 2015.

The line-up includes the Hanse festival in May, celebrations of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in June and a freedom parade for Lynn’s Air Cadets in July.

Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk Council’s cabinet member for culture, said: “King’s Lynn has built a reputation for being a festival town, thanks to the efforts of the organisers of events like Festival Too and the King’s Lynn Festival.

“We’ve tried to build on that reputation over the years, providing a range of public events.

“2015 will see our most ambitious and full calendar of public events to date, which we think has something for everyone, and which we hope will bring even more people to the town, helping to support our local economy and showcasing King’s Lynn to a wide audience.”