More than 500 school children from the Lynn are set to attend a day at the Mart in an initiative led by Trinity Rotary, courtesy of the Showmen’s Guild.
Youngsters from ten different schools across West Norfolk will enjoy a day at Lynn’s historic fair on Tuesday.
Showman Lawrence Appleton, who is also a member of Trinity Rotary, said: “We think it is important to help children who may not have the same quality of life as other children do.”
West Norfolk mayor Colin Manning and mayoress Julie will be joined by Trinity president Jim Milne who said: “This is the fifth year of this special children’s day and each year it has got better and better.
“We are very grateful to the Showmen’s Guild who open up a marvellous selection of rides. Not all of the children are able to go on the rides because of their particular disability, but you can just see how they still get a great deal of enjoyment from the sounds and lights.”
Other members of Trinity will be present to act as stewards and to help ensure the children had an enjoyable day.
Figures for the first week of this year’s Mart are slightly down according to Showmen’s Guild chief steward Donald Gray.
He said: “The opening day was quite quiet, but that’s not unusual because people normally leave coming until children’s day.
“We had a nice few people about at the start of children’s day, but it rained and when people came later it rained again.
“Numbers are slightly down on last year because of the inclement weather, but hopefully we’ll get a fine weekend and it will pick up a little bit.”
The 812th Mart was opened on Saturday after an impressive procession and proclamation of dignitaries featuring mayors from far and wide. Following the opening, the mayor and borough mayoress rode on the dodgems.
The Mart will be in the Tuesday Market Place until Saturday, February 27.
It will be open from noon today and tomorrow, closed on Sunday and 6pm next week (noon on Saturday).