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PICTURES ~ Hansa Festival

Hanse Festival horse riders

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VIDEO ~ Kamper Kogge arrives in Lynn

The Dutch vessel Kamper Kogge arrives at the pontoons on Thursday afternoon, ready for the Hanseatic Festival Weekend.

Cameraman: Alan Taylor Shearer for King’s Lynn Online
Produced in association with Dutch website kampenonline.com

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Kamper Kogge arrives

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The replica 14th-century Hanseatic trading ship Kamper Kogge, has arrived in King’s Lynn from it’s home city of Kampen in the Netherlands.

The historic ship moored at the pontoons on the South Quay as part of the Hanseatic Festival, which takes place on the 16th and 17th May.

The Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Barry Ayres climbed aboard and presented the crew with a flag depicting the King’s Lynn coat of arms, which was quickly hoisted up at the stern.

Experienced guides will be welcoming people aboard at the weekend to have a look around and learn about the history of the Hanseatic Kogge.

Members of the crew, with Dr Paul Richards (centre)

Members of the crew, with local historian Dr Paul Richards (centre shades)

King's Lynn coat of arms flies above the ship.

King’s Lynn coat of arms flies above the ship.

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Hanse Festival Weekend 2015

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King’s Lynn’s rich and colourful Hanseatic heritage will come to life this weekend, 16 & 17 May, as the streets are filled with medieval characters, fire breathers and knights on horses.

A food and drink market, BBQ and specially created cocktails will all tempt the tastebuds, whilst you take in the town’s historic backdrop.

The Kamper Kogge, a replica of a 14th-century Dutch Hanseatic Kogge is visiting from the Netherlands.

The Hanse Weekend celebrates the 10th anniversary of the town’s membership of the new Hanse.

Other events on Saturday include live music from 5pm on King’s Staithe Square including the Jessie’s Ghost, Marga Musika (Lithuania), Roving Crows (England) and Arstidir (Iceland). Fireworks follow at around 10pm lighting up the river and waterfront.

Medieval dancing and a medieval market will be inside the Hanse House, along with a Hanseatic League ‘office’ to explain medieval trading customs of the time. But keep an eye out for the beggar, pickpocket, drunken soldier, crosslaced woman and general ne’er-do-wells who inhabit the dockside!

The Saturday Market Place will be bursting with local food and drink producers and at King’s Lynn Arts Centre, interactive arts workshops will take place throughout the weekend where visitors can learn about the history of King’s Lynn as a trading port, and get creative with Hanseatic-themed crafts such as creating paper boats inspired by Hanseatic Kogge or designing trade maps or postcards from Hanseatic trading posts. Perfect for all ages and abilities.

Visitors to the Hanse House will be able to meet and discuss medieval crafts and guilds with the Cordwainer, Potter, Chapman, Alchemist, Spicer, Tailor, Painter, Cook, Blacksmith, Netmaker and Tiler. A Firebreather will add his skills to the show, and storytelling will delight all who stop by to listen. Have a Go Archery will be available for any to enjoy, alongside demonstrations of this ancient skill during the day.

Guided Hanse Walks have also been organised by the King’s Lynn Town Guides.

Sunday 17 May sees the culmination of the Hanse Crazy Composers project. 70 pupils from Whitefriars Church of England Primary Academy will perform some special pieces with the newly-formed Hanse Orchestra of King’s Lynn, which is made up of leading professional baroque musicians from the UK and guests from other Hanseatic countries – a unique initiative in the Hanseatic world.

Costumed Characters launch Hanse Festival
www.kingslynnhansefestival.co.uk

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Kamper Kogge sets sail for Lynn ~ Video

The replica 14th-century Hanseatic trading ship Kamper Kogge, has set sail for King’s Lynn from it’s home city of Kampen in the Netherlands.

The historic ship is set to arrive in Lynn on Thursday May 14th, and will be moored at the pontoons on the South Quay as part of the Hanseatic Festival, which takes place on the 16th and 17th May.

The robust oak ship was constructed using the same methods as would have been used originally, and features a castle on the stern, meant to defend against pirates and enemies.

Experienced guides will be welcoming people aboard to have a look around and learn about the history of the Hanseatic Kogge.

The video above was produced by our ‘sister’ website in the Netherlands kampenonline.com, and we will be collaborating with them to produce a video of the ship arriving in King’s Lynn.

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Freedom of borough granted to local historian

Deputy Mayor Colin Manning presents award to Dr Paul Richards

Deputy Mayor Colin Manning presents award to Dr Paul Richards

Local historian, Honorary Alderman and former Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Dr Paul Richards was granted Honorary Freedom of the Borough on Thursday, 23 April 2015, following a unanimous decision at the specially convened council meeting.

Nominated by Cllr Nick Daubney, Dr Richards is the first individual to have this honour bestowed upon him since St John Barbirolli in October 1969.

The Honorary Freedom is the highest award the council can bestow and it must be agreed by resolution at a special meeting of the council passed by no less than two-thirds of the members at the meeting.

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The granting of this honour is an exceptional event and in this case was granted because of Dr Richards eminent services to the town. He was a borough councillor from 1991 to 2003. He was the first and only Mayor of the borough of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk to serve two terms in succession 1998/99 and 1999/2000. He is a well known author of historical books on the area and has worked tirelessly to promote the history of the borough and its links with the Hanseatic League. He is a town guide, Chairman of the North End Trust and a supporter of many other worthy organisations including the Purfleet Trust. He was appointed as Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk in 2014/15.

Deputy Mayor Colin Manning who presented the award said: “It was my privilege to chair last week’s full council meeting in the town hall. When the normal business was concluded I opened the special meeting when I asked Dr Richards to join me and stand in front of the dais together with the council leader Cllr Nick Daubney and the Chief Executive Mr Ray Harding.

“I presented Dr Paul Richards with the scroll confirming his Freedom of the Borough. Paul Richards gave a few words and the whole council chamber gave him a standing ovation. It is an understatement to say he was a first-class, unanimous choice to receive this honour.”

Dr Paul Richards, on receiving the award, said: “When I received a letter from the Council Leader, Cllr Nick Daubney, saying I might have the Borough Freedom bestowed on me, I was lost for words – an unusual occurrence!

“The grand event on 23 April, at the Town Hall, coincided with St George’s Day. The gallery for visitors was full.

“After welcome by the Deputy Mayor and the reading of the Resolution by the Chief Executive, Ray Harding, followed by a speech by Cllr Nick Daubney, Council Leader, I addressed the audience in our magnificent Assembly Rooms.

“For me, it was simultaneously an awesome and humbling experience, a unique event in my life, never to be repeated. I was born and bred in Lynn and returned to my home town after 7 years at university. My end line was that I was proud to be English, a Norfolk man and a “Lynn Boy” and (cheekily borrowing Nelson’s phrase) – I glory in so being!”

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Costumed Characters launch Hanse Festival

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Colourful costumed characters were posing for the media outside the Custom House on Tuesday morning to help launch the King’s Lynn Hanse Festival which takes place on 16 & 17 May, celebrating International Hanse Day and the 10th anniversary of the town’s membership of the new Hanse.

A fun-packed weekend of activities will celebrate the town’s 10th anniversary as a member of the new Hanse.

The Kamper Kogge

The Kamper Kogge

The King’s Lynn Hanse Festival promises to offer something for everyone with a host of interactive activities, music, food & drink, fireworks, a medieval procession through the town and a visit from the replica Hanseatic trading ship the Kamper Kogge.

Other events include live music from 5pm on King’s Staithe Square including the Jessie’s Ghost, Marga Musika (Lithuania), Roving Crows (England) and Arstidir (Iceland). Fireworks follow at around 10pm lighting up the river and waterfront.

Medieval dancing and a medieval market will be inside the Hanse House, along with a Hanseatic League ‘office’ to explain medieval trading customs of the time. But keep an eye out for the beggar, pickpocket, drunken soldier, crosslaced woman and general ne’er-do-wells who inhabit the dockside!

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The Saturday Market Place will be bursting with local food and drink producers and at King’s Lynn Arts Centre, interactive arts workshops will take place throughout the weekend where visitors can learn about the history of King’s Lynn as a trading port, and get creative with Hanseatic-themed crafts such as creating paper boats inspired by Hanseatic Kogge or designing trade maps or postcards from Hanseatic trading posts. Perfect for all ages and abilities.

Visitors to the Hanse House will be able to meet and discuss medieval crafts and guilds with the Cordwainer, Potter, Chapman, Alchemist, Spicer, Tailor, Painter, Cook, Blacksmith, Netmaker and Tiler. A Firebreather will add his skills to the show, and storytelling will delight all who stop by to listen. Have a Go Archery will be available for any to enjoy, alongside demonstrations of this ancient skill during the day.

Guided Hanse Walks have also been organised by the King’s Lynn Town Guides.

Sunday 17 May sees the culmination of the Hanse Crazy Composers project. 70 pupils from Whitefriars Church of England Primary Academy will perform some special pieces with the newly-formed Hanse Orchestra of King’s Lynn, which is made up of leading professional baroque musicians from the UK and guests from other Hanseatic countries – a unique initiative in the Hanseatic world.

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Local History enthusiasts needed

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Do you enjoy learning about King’s Lynn’s history and heritage? Would you be able to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors to the town? If so, the King’s Lynn Town Guides would love to hear from you.

The Town Guides take visitors (and locals) on regular walking tours of the town from May to October each year. They are all volunteers, with paid expenses, and all the money raised is used to support heritage projects within the town. Last year was the most successful yet, with £4,700 being donated to local buildings and organisations.

The Guides are seeking recruits to join a new training course planned for September. The course will last for three terms and will include a detailed study of the history of Lynn, background knowledge in tourism and practical guiding skills. Those who pass the course will be awarded the King’s Lynn Town Guide Red Badge by the Mayor in a special ceremony in the Town Hall.

If you think this might be for you and you would like to find out more – come along to the Guides’ Open Morning, to be held at Thoresby College Great Hall, Queen Street on Saturday 25th April from 10.30am to 12.30pm, when some of the Guides will be on hand to talk to you and provide further information.

For further details, please contact Doreen Leventhall, Tel: 01553 671204

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Contract awarded for town hall project

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Pentaco Construction Ltd has been appointed by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk to carry out works at King’s Lynn Town Hall.

The £1.4 million contract will remodel and extend the building in preparation for the creation of a brand new exhibition space for the Stories of Lynn attraction.

The first phase of work will focus upon the creation of the new archive document store, collections resource area, enhancement of the existing exhibition spaces and the construction of a new lift and stair extension to the rear of the complex.

Work will begin on site on 13 April and is expected to be completed by late autumn.

Following the building works, a contractor will be appointed to fit the new exhibition and the facility is due to open to the public by Easter 2016.

Opening in 2016, Stories of Lynn will enhance and remodel the town hall complex, allowing people to explore the buildings and learn more about the economic and social history of King’s Lynn – one of England’s most important medieval port towns.

Using the archive, collections and fabric of the buildings, innovative interpretation devices and a diverse activity plan, the attraction will unlock the stories of the seafarers, explorers, merchants, mayors, magistrates and miscreants who have shaped King’s Lynn.

Although based within King’s Lynn Town Hall, Stories of Lynn will act as a gateway to other heritage sites and attractions in King’s Lynn, drawing together elements of the town’s history to provide a complete story of our unique heritage.

The project has been made possible thanks to a £1,850,600 Heritage Lottery Fund grant and £800,000 investment by the borough council and has been developed by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk in partnership with Norfolk Museums Service and Norfolk Record Office.

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Nelson’s Column To Relocate To North Norfolk

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Plans are underway for Trafalgar Square’s iconic Nelson’s Column to be relocated to the North Norfolk coast in time for the 210th anniversary of the death of the region’s most famous son.

Visit North Norfolk has formally approached the GLA and Boris Johnson about the suggestion and has a petition of over 100K signatures from people across the globe who want to see Nelson returned to his home. Lucy Downing of Visit North Norfolk puts forward the argument:

“Lord Nelson was born in the tiny North Norfolk village of Burnham Thorpe and also lived there with his wife between 1786 and 1793 while waiting to be assigned a ship. It is time Nelson once again gazed across the coast he loved, rather than the metropolitan vista he has endured for the past 172 years. What’s more, given North Norfolk is one of the driest places in the UK, it will mean the statue will be less open to rain erosion.

David Henry, Senior Construction Manager of MJS Projects added:

“It is entirely feasible to transport and re-erect such a structure with carefully planning and the right people on board. According to history, Hitler had planned to relocate the structure to Berlin had he won the war. And if it was possible to London Bridge to Arizona, moving Nelson’s Column should be a far simpler task”

An area within Pensthorpe Natural Park*, Fakenham, inbetween the Millennium Garden and Wensum Wetlands has already been prepared for the statue, chosen because it is in the heart of North Norfolk. Just 10 miles from his birthplace, it will allow Nelson to gaze across his beloved county and out to sea. The park itself boasts over six natural lakes and is set alongside the River Wensum, allowing the naval hero to be close to water. It is also rumoured Nelson was a keen birdwatcher and, from his new perch, he’ll be able to enjoy a vast array of different species as North Norfolk is a bird spotters’ paradise.

At this stage, Visit North Norfolk has no plans to include the four lions in the relocation. If an agreement with GLA is reached, it is hoped the delicate work of removing Nelson’s Column section by section will begin after the Easter holidays. It is hoped it will be installed by 21st October – the 210th anniversary of his death.

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More on Nelson

The Remembering Nelson Exhibition is housed at luxury hotel, The Hoste, in Burnham Market – formerly the Pitt Arms and a place Nelson used to frequent in his early years.

Before being recalled to service in 1792, he is known to have stayed in Room 5. Nelson would also catch the morning coach to London from Burnham Market, as well as receiving his dispatch papers there.

He also used the Pitt Arms as a recruiting post. ‘A History of The Hoste’, a book celebrating The Hoste’s strong maritime connections and links with Lord Nelson is available from The Hoste – thehoste.com

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Lynn’s magnificent treasure on the move

From Left: County Archivist Gary Tuson, Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Council Leader Nick Daubney and Project Curator Dr  Andy Mills.

From Left: County Archivist Gary Tuson, Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Council Leader Nick Daubney and Project Curator Dr Andy Mills. On the table: The 14th Century Red Register, King John Cup & King John Charter.

Staff at King’s Lynn Town Hall have started packing away the town’s archive and collections in preparation for a £2.7 million enhancement project.

Around 250 objects including the 14th century Red Register, one of the earliest paper records in England, the King John Charter, silverware and paintings will be carefully packed ready to be transferred to the Norfolk Record Office.

The collection housed at the town hall also includes a number of ceremonial items, such as the Queen Anne silver maces and the King John Sword. These items will be retained in the borough and continue to be used at civic functions, including Mayormaking in May.

The beautiful King John Cup

The beautiful King John Cup

The King John Cup, sword and a facsimilie of the King John Charter will also be retained within the borough and will be exhibited as part of celebrations marking the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

Following cleaning and any necessary conservation, all the items will return to King’s Lynn ready for the opening of a new Stories of Lynn multi-media exhibition and purpose-built archive space.

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk has invested £800,000 into the project and has been made possible thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £1,850,600.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Marketing, said: “Today is a very exciting day for us, as it marks the moment where all our planning is beginning to be turned into reality.

“Medieval Lynn was a port of national importance with a thriving economy and active political life. The legacy of these times is evident in our extensive archive and the very fabric of the magnificent buildings which make up the town hall complex.

“Stories of Lynn will enable this history to be brought to life, giving people greater access both to the buildings and archive, and, through the multi-media exhibitions and programme of activities, new ways to explore our history.”

Robyn Llewellyn, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund said, “Like a treasure trove of family heirlooms, these remarkable collections will be carefully packed away… but not for long! When they return they’ll be part of a multi-million pound project that puts the Stories of Lynn back at the heart of the town.”

Work is due to be completed by Easter 2016.

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King John Charter

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Fascinating talks at Trues Yard

Trues Yard Fishing Heritage Museum

Trues Yard Fishing Heritage Museum

Trues Yard Fisherfolk Museum are presenting their latest series of fascinating local history talks from Thursday 29th January.

As usual all talks are on Thursdays between 1pm-2pm and are FREE, but there is a donation box for those who wish to support the Museum and their mission.

The series kicks off with a follow up talk on the Bells of St Nicholas with speaker Peter Trent. Any donations from this first talk will go toward saving the St Nicholas Bells.

Then to kick off True’s Talks proper – On 5th February local historian Dr Paul Richards will be speaking on the subject of King John and King’s Lynn’s Magna Carta. For it has been 800 years since the Magna Carta was signed in 1215 – the very basis of the British Constitution. Perhaps he’ll also provide a clue to where all that treasure went in the Wash!

Next up on 12th February is something a lot more dark and dangerous from the annals of history. Opium in the Fens by speaker Jeff Hoyle. Learn about how the humble poppy, so prevalent last year was used to brew a potent narcotic and discover who chased the dragon in Victorian Norfolk!

Returning to more familiar territory the next speaker on 19th February is Charlotte Crawley who will be discussing Turner, Cotman and Saving Lives at Sea. She also will be touching upon George William Manby, local author, who invented the breeches buoy – a lifesaving device which fired rescue ropes to shipwrecked sailors – and the first modern pressurised fire extinguisher!

On 26th February Tricia McCarron will be providing a follow up talk to the one she gave in the last spring series Women in the North End where we learned that the women of the North End were well educated, tough as oak and faced with large feeding families (as many as 17 children!) on incredibly limited budgets.

All the way from Cambridge the next speaker on 5th March will be Michael Chisholm on the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society. This fascinating tale began in 1710 with the founding of the society of gentlemen with an interest in antiquities, much like the famous Howard Carter who grew up in neighbouring Swaffham. Second only to the Ashmolean the Spalding Gentlemen’s Club houses the oldest Museum collection in the country.

To coincide with the 70th Anniversary of WW2 this year- on 12th March, Christopher Pope will be giving his follow up to his talk on Lynn’s Aviation History from its inception-to just after WW1. This time it is Decoys, Baked Spuds, Spare Legs and Secret Airfields: Lynn’s Aviation History in WW2. Proof, if proof was needed, when it comes to Norfolk history, truth is most definitely stranger than fiction!

From the skies to the seas, Tim Clayton will be speaking on 19th March about the Baden Powell, Lynn’s famous ship constructed in 1900 by the Worfolks (it was the first fishing vessel they built) and recently awarded a Heritage Lottery grant of £77,000 for its restoration.

Moving from fishing vessels to fishermen is a talk with Arthur Paynter: The New North End: Edwardian Loke Road. Rather than focussing on the slum clearances this talk will focus on the wealthier fishermen who chose to move to Loke Road.

Finally on the evening of the 9th April the second Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture will take place at the Town Hall 6:30pm-7pm start.

All tickets, for the True’s Talks are now available. The Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture tickets will be available from March.

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Light show to mark Zeppelin raids

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On the evening of Monday 19 January King’s Lynn Custom House will provide the backdrop for a sound and light show marking the centenary of the first Zeppelin raids.

On 19 January 1915 two German Zeppelins swept down the east coast. The first strike hit Great Yarmouth, claiming two lives. The second of the German airships continued along the east coast dropping bombs at Sheringham, Thornham, Brancaster, Hunstanton, Heacham and Snettisham before reaching King’s Lynn at around 10.30 pm, where a further two civilians, Percy Goate and Alice Maud Gazley, died. It is estimated that the attack caused over £7,000 of material damage along the east coast.

The attack was the first aerial bombing of the First World War and marked a turning point in the First World War; no longer was war constrained to the battlefields, but it was brought into civilian streets. This shift to what some historians might call ‘total war’, along with the awesome scale (the L4 which bombed Lynn was 518 ft 2 in long and 48 ft 6 in diameter) and eerie noise of the aircraft made the Zeppelin a powerful symbol of the war.

The light show will run from 4 pm until 10 pm Monday 19 until Sunday 25 January. On Monday, the anniversary of the raid, the light show at 10 pm will be accompanied by a soundscape created by pyrotechnics and will draw to a close with 100 red flares floating across the The Wash signifying this centenary year. To support attendance at the event, the council is offering free parking in council car parks after 6 pm on Monday 19 January.

The light show, which has been adapted from an animation courtesy of Compost Creative, has been created by artist Julia Dantonnet on behalf of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, and is part of a week-long (19-25 January) series of events, Zeppelin Week, organised by the West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Archaeological Society.

The programme includes: an evening of commemoration hosted by Borough Mayor, Barry Ayres at King’s Lynn Town Hall, where Marham Bluebirds Military Wives Choir will perform; public lectures, a poetry event at King’s Lynn Library and Commemoration Conference at Marriot’s Warehouse and children’s activties at True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, to name but a few. The full programme is below and is available on the archaeological society’s website (http://www.greyhawk.org.uk/ww1/main.php) and the borough council’s website.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Borough Council Cabinet Member said, “The Zeppelin strikes represented a change in the strategy of war and brought, in a very real sense, war to the doorsteps of people living in King’s Lynn. It is important to remember both the tragic night of the bombing and the wider role of our community in the overall war effort. The light show, along with the talks, conferences and activities organised by West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Archaeological Society, will give people the opportunity to explore this part of our history and to remember the courage and sacrifice of those involved.”

Dr. Clive Bond, Chairperson, West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Archaeological Society, said, “The fatal attack on Lynn on the evening of 19th January 1915, will forever be remembered by local people; people still talk of their father’s seeing the zeppelin hovering menacingly above our town’s streets. Zeppelin Week is for everyone, to take part, learn about, and commemorate this unique local and national story!’

The light show is being created as an extension of the Interreg IV A France (Channel) England programme, Art, Cities, Landscape, which combined art and architecture with landscaping to bring enhancements to the public realm. For more information about the project please see www.artcitieslandscape.com.

Full list of activities for Zeppelins Over Norfolk Week

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Zeppelins over Norfolk week

WW1 Zeppelin raid on Snettisham, Norfolk. 19th January 1915

WW1 Zeppelin raid on Snettisham, Norfolk. 19th January 1915. Painting by local artist Ben Mullarkey

The 19th of January 2015 marks the anniversary of 100 years since the first airship raid on Britain. The terrifying German Zeppelin dropped bombs on Great Yarmouth and Kings Lynn killing four people.

Two civilians; Percy Goate and Alice Gazley were both killed when the L4 Zeppelin dropped bombs on Bentinck Street, King’s Lynn. Their stories are told in Lynn Museum’s temporary exhibition ‘King’s Lynn and the First World War.’

The display includes a large model of the L4 Zeppelin made by local man Fred White.

Zeppelin week will run in King’s Lynn from 19 to 25 January with various community run events being held about the town.

There are three commemorative events at Lynn Museum:

Wednesday 21st January 2.30pm-3.30pm – ‘Zeppelins Over Norfolk’ a talk by Steve Pope.

Thursday 22nd January 10.30am-12.00noon – WWI themed coffee morning with pop-up poetry.

Saturday 24th January 10.00am-4.00pm – WWI Living history event.
Call 01553 775001 for more details.

For a full programme of local events visit: greyhawk.org.uk/ww1

Lynn Museum is located at Market Street, (by the bus station) King’s Lynn PE30 1NL Tel: 01553 775001.

www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/visit_us/Lynn_Museum

Light show to mark Zeppelin raids

On the evening of Monday 19 January King’s Lynn Custom House will provide the backdrop for a sound and light show marking the centenary of the first Zeppelin raids.

The light show will run from 4 pm until 10 pm Monday 19 until Sunday 25 January. On Monday, the anniversary of the raid, the light show at 10 pm will be accompanied by a soundscape created by pyrotechnics and will draw to a close with 100 red flares floating across the The Wash signifying this centenary year. To support attendance at the event, the council is offering free parking in council car parks after 6 pm on Monday 19 January.

Zeppelin Week – Full Programme

Monday 19 January
Service of Reflection. All Saints Church, South Lynn, 7.30 pm

Monday – Friday Light show, King’s Lynn Custom House, 4- 10 pm. On Monday a special showing will be accompanied by a soundscape at 10 pm to mark the anniversary of the raid. Provided by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk)

Tuesday 20 January
Pop-up Poetry, King’s Lynn Library 1.00 – 1.30 pm

Wednesday 21 January
World War One, Public Lecture, Lynn Museum (provided by the Norfolk Museum Service) 2.30 – 3.30 pm

World War One Commemoration evening, St Mary’s Church, Long Sutton, 4.30 – 6.30 pm

Thursday 22 January
World War One Coffee Morning and Pop-up Poetry, Lynn Museum

World War One, An Evening of Dedication with Marham Bluebirds Military Wives Choir, King’s Lynn Town Hall, 7.30 pm – 9.45 pm. Ticket cost £6 and can be purchased Wed-Sat from True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum (01553 770479, info@truesyard.co.uk). Proceeds raised from the sale of tickets will be donated to the museum.

Friday 23 January
Make a Zeppelin, children’s event, True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, 11 am – 3 pm

Saturday 24 January
Commemoration, Hardwick Road Cemetery, 2.00 – 2.20 pm

World War One Living History Event, Lynn Museum (provided by Norfolk Museum Service) 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Sunday 25 January
World War One Commemoration Conference, Marriott’s Warehouse, King’s Lynn

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King’s Lynn Heritage Day ~ more pictures

All photos on this page courtesy of Kevin Elfleet.

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King’s Lynn Heritage Day ~ in pictures

Heritage Day was the biggest ever this year, with thousands of visitors flocking into King’s Lynn …

Tuesday Market Place was packed with visitors to Lynn's first ever Classic Car Day.

Tuesday Market Place was packed with visitors to Lynn’s first ever Classic Car Day.

Ther was a long queue of people wanting to visit the air raid shelters.

There was a long queue of people wanting to visit the air raid shelters.

The only surviving "Cooper Car" made in King's Lynn!

The only surviving “Cooper Car” made in King’s Lynn!

Enthusiasts gather round a Model T Ford.

Enthusiasts gather round a Model T Ford.

A familiar sight on Heritage Day - Boats on Legs!

A familiar sight on Heritage Day – Boats on Legs!

Priory Cottages Garden, near the Minster,  was open for the first time.

Priory Cottages Garden, near the Minster, was open for the first time.

A peek inside Hampton Court's Secret Garden.

A peek inside Hampton Court’s Secret Garden.

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