There is no doubt the events in central Lynn last weekend were a great success, and once again, by and large, the weather was kind to us.
Highlights for me included the 42F (King’s Lynn) Squadron Air Training Corps, Freedom Parade and, of course, the exciting fly pasts. The ATC did the borough proud, congratulations to all involved! Good luck to all who follow in the flight path of the Spitfire; don’t forget, for details of this trail contact King’s Lynn Tourist Information Centre on 01553 763044. Other highlights for me included a visit to the historic Clifton House and, on the Sunday, joining in the 40s fun and enjoying a flavour of Life on the Home Front. The Tuesday Market Place was full of visitors enjoying the entertainment, some entering the Air Raid shelter which was open to the public on the day. War-time vehicles, a real life Spitfire, music, refreshment and folk dressed in 40s clothing were to be seen and there were plenty of stalls to purchase souvenirs. We did not have to “panic” as there was much to see connected with the hit TV Series: “Dad’s Army” and it was a treat to view Jones’s iconic van. What a weekend; of course it was, you stupid boy!
Just an idea, if you do fancy a trip out of West Norfolk perhaps visit The Dad’s Army Museum over in Thetford it’s located at The Old Fire Station, IP24 2DS. Visit dadsarmythetford.org.uk for more details.
A reminder that King’s Lynn History Discussion Group next meets on August 12, 2.30- 3.30pm and the fascinating subject is 17th century witchcraft. The meeting, at Lynn’s main Library on London Road, will, no doubt, generate much discussion and interest, so refreshments should be available! Books will be available at the library on witchcraft to swat up on the subject, but for more information call 01553 772568.
Over at Holkham Hall there is the Country Fair this weekend, a walled gardens Discovery Day on Monday and then a Park Discovery Day on July 30. Grand opera is also on the way with Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, but tickets are limited. Friday, July 31, is the date to remember, starting at 7pm; Call on 01328 713111 for tickets – very exclusive!
I have recently heard from Sue Burge, the tutor and writer; she recommends an intriguing King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club education event, it’s an introduction to Chinese film. It will be given by the club’s regular guest tutor Phil Lloyd. The sessions are informal and accessible, and this one takes place at Thoresby College from 7.30-9.30pm, next Thursday, July 30. Would those interested e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org A free glass of wine or juice will be included in the ticket price; entrance for the general public is £6, film club members and their guests £5. For more details visit: www.klccc.uk
Something a little different, but still being held at Thoresby College, and still an important topic. I understand The Klimate Concern Group will hold a showing of the documentary film: Disruption Climate Change on Wednesday, August 5, starting at 6pm. Refreshments will be available and the chance to discuss the issues with our MP, Henry Bellingham. To find out more visit the Klimate Blog: www.KLimateBlog.uk
Matters Hanseatic to end with. I attended the launch of a fascinating exhibition at True’s Yard Fisher Folk Museum and once again all sorts of interesting aspects of Lynn’s past are uncovered, some Hanseatic some not! Why not pop over to True’s Yard, have a tea or coffee, visit the museum and then enquire about events and walks taking place from there? You will not be disappointed. Also visit the website or call on 01553 770479.