Roaring Twenties inspiration for King’s Lynn’s royal birthday party

The Bees Knees 1920s dance troupe ANL-160525-145637001
The Bees Knees 1920s dance troupe ANL-160525-145637001
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The Roaring Twenties are set to storm back to Lynn as the borough celebrates the 90th birthday of the Queen in Tuesday Market Place.

The 1920s-themed event will be part of a fun-packed weekend to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime occasion, so everyone should make sure they put the date in their diaries: they won’t want to miss it.

This free, family event is on Sunday, June 12, 10am to 4pm, and will transport visitors back in time to a golden age of style and elegance, of flapper fashion and dance crazes.

On the Tuesday Market Place, the Ragroof Players will hold a tea dance, and DJ sets from 10.30 to 4pm.

A cocktail bar will be serving 1920s-inspired cocktails and mocktails,a 1970s Citroen van will serve cupcakes, and tea will be available.

Fairground stalls will set up so visitors can try their luck at games including a coconut shy, ring toss and can stack.

Tokens for the games can be collected at Lynn Museum and sweet prizes will be given. Traditional stalls will sell candy floss and popcorn.

Throughout the day costumed characters will stroll around the town, bringing the fashions of the 1920s to life.

At 3.30pm there will be a celebration for the Queen’s birthday including the cutting of a birthday cake, and judging of the homemade fancy dress competition.

The Ragroof Players and the Bee’s Knees dance troupe will also perform.

Bee’s Knees will be based on Baxter’s Plain in the Vancouver Quarter, and their performances will include short Charleston classes for people to join in with at 10.30, 11.15, 12.30, 1.15, and 2.30pm.

During the Roaring Twenties event, Lynn Museum will be open with free admission. Visitors can get a flapper-makeover from Flamingo Amy, or try Egyptian-themed craft activities linked to the Norfolk-born archaeologist Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922.

From 10am to 4pm in the town hall gardens visitors can watch spectacular falconry displays from Out on a Wing; meet costumed character Florence Ada Coxon, first lady mayor of Lynn; or try their hand at making tricorn and bicorn hats, or Art Deco brooches. The town hall’s wonderful new exhibition Stories of Lynn will host talks on 1920s fashion at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, in the education room accessible via the town hall garden. The talks will last approximately 20 minutes.

Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “We’re delighted to have put together such an exciting event to mark the occasion of the Queen’s 90th birthday. The 1920s are a decade that can’t be matched for their style and fashion, so King’s Lynn really won’t have seen anything like this before. We’re also pleased that other organisations are holding events in the town at the same time – making this a weekend not to miss”.

As well as the Roaring Twenties, on 12 June there will also be the Lions Club of King’s Lynn’s 18th annual fun day, held in The Walks. On 11 June, also in The Walks, Celebrate King’s Lynn will hold a fun day from 10am to 6pm, with activities for all the family. To find out more, visit