VIDEO: Loyd Grossman visit King’s Lynn chapel

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Loyd Grossman was among the guests as St Nicholas Chapel in Lynn hosted a dinner on Wednesday organised by the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT).

The TV presenter, best known for Through The Keyhole and Masterchef, is chairman of the trust, which funded the £2.7 million restoration of the chapel.

Matthew McKeague, director of regneration of the Churches Conservation Trust, Lloyd Grossman, chairman of the CCT and Crispin Truman, CCT cheif executive, at St Nicholas Chapel in Lynn. ANL-160906-092012001

Matthew McKeague, director of regneration of the Churches Conservation Trust, Lloyd Grossman, chairman of the CCT and Crispin Truman, CCT cheif executive, at St Nicholas Chapel in Lynn. ANL-160906-092012001

He was on a tour of seven East Anglian churches which the work of the trust has secured for the future.

Other churches visited over two days included, St Mary the Virgin in Wiggenhall St Mary, St Nicholas’ Church in Feltwell and St Peter’s Church, Hockwold.

Other guests at the dinner included the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk Richard jewson, the borough mayor David Whitby and journalist Simon Jenkin, former chairman of the National Trust.

The tour party had been addressed by Matthew McKeague, director of regeneration for the CCT, on how the chapel was seeking to boost use of the building.

“Anything and everything,” he said, “anything goes! Christmas parties, wedding, any type of celebrations that you would like to have.”

Mr Grossman paid tribute to the “wonderful” Friends of StNicholas Chapel and said that sort of partnership was the kind that would protect historic buildings in the future.

He said: “There is declining amount of central government funding for such projects it just means more partnerships and in a way that is quite a positive way because it gets more people involved. And you know we have so many stakeholders in this church that it is wonderful because it creates an army of people who are very enthusiastic about it and that is great.”

He added: “St Nicholas is one of the most spectacular buildings in England, one of the greatest churches in England, incredibly unusual because if is of such a scale, really like the kind of scale of a cathedral. And also because it was built in such a relatively short period of time, it has a tremendous sort of artistic integrity.

“It has one of the most beautiful nave arcades to be found anywhere in England, and of course, the angel roof and even in a region that is very rich in angel roofs this is one of the greatest it has an enormous amount going for it.

“It is reflective of the fact that historically that King’s Lynn was an immensely significant place, not just nationally but on what was then the global scene because of the Hanseatic trade and is a very valuable reminder of why King’s Lynn is what it is and why it looks as it does and also hopefully inspire people to think about what it looks like in the future.”

“Norfolk has so many churches that one takes them for granted but everyone is different and everyone is very much rooted in its history and the location and they are all as unique as any human being is and they are all valuable.”