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Huge hailstones captured on camera

Photo: Tracey Robinson

Photo: Tracey Robinson

Giant hailstones that fell in a King’s Lynn back garden have been captured on camera.

King’s Lynn photographer Tracey Robinson photographed them on her back garden table in Gaywood.

“It was really cold outside, then I saw the huge size of these hailstones, so just had to take a photo of them,” Said Tracey.

The freak hailstones came down on Tuesday, with more seen in the Lynn area on Wednesday.

The Met Office has confirmed temperatures are unusually low. And it seems the colder weather is set to continue, with warnings of a cold and wet bank holiday weekend .

 

 

 

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Twitter to tell a day in the life of #NorfolkRoads

traffic - Jon CollierTo celebrate the work happening across the length and breadth of #NorfolkRoads Norfolk County Council, @NorfolkCC, is hosting a twitter day this Thursday, 28 April, to give a flavour of the day to day activity that goes on behind the scenes to keep people moving safely in the county.

The day will start with live tweets from Norfolk Traffic Control reporting on incidents, delays and road conditions on the 6000 mile network maintained by the County Council during the morning rush.

Twitter followers will see teams in King’s Lynn checking vehicles before they head out for the days’ work, and teams in the east of the county carrying out surface dressing, and see work underway in south Norfolk to fix potholes assisted by the velocity patching machine.

The day also sees the unveiling of one of the northern distributor road scheme boards marking the full construction phase set to get underway soon on the northern distributor road.

And with safety in mind there’ll be pictures from the cyclist training sessions taking place in Stalham, Roughton, Sheringham and Carbrooke, the Road Safety Magic Show at Fleggburgh and Freethorpe and driver training sessions in Dereham.

There will be reminders throughout the day of how to find out information about what’s happening on our roads and how to report any issues.

The county council’s @NorfolkCC account will be retweeting posts from other people and organisations during the day. Anyone wishing to follow the event can do so by using the hashtag #NorfolkRoads

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Huge increase in visitors to town centre

Vancouver Quarter Night 2King’s Lynn town centre once again bucked the national trend with a huge increase in visitors in the run up to Christmas.

While footfall to high streets across the country ​dropped by an average 4 per cent in December compared to the year before, King’s Lynn saw an increase of 5.2 per cent on December 2014 and 6.9 per cent on the same period in 2013.

The town centre also saw an increase of 7.6 per cent in visitors in 2015 compared to 2014 with 11 out of 12 months seeing an increase on 2014. This is a stark contrast to the national scene with the British Retail Consortium reporting shopping visits fell for ninth months in a row from April to December.

Abbie Panks, manager of the Vancouver Quarter shopping centre, which monitors the footfall figures, said: “The increase in online spending in December may have had a heavy impact on retail destinations across the country but I’m delighted to see that King’s Lynn once again saw a surge in visitors to the town

“Whilst the economy is still relatively fragile, it’s heartening to see so many people heading into the town centre. Town centres have long ceased to be strictly retail spaces with people often choosing to spend their leisure time there. The strong programme of events in the town during 2015 undoubtedly helped attract more visitors and we look forward to continuing our work alongside the borough council on events in 2016.”

Borough Councillor David Pope, Cabinet Member for ICT, Leisure and Public Space, added: “We are keen to support activities in the town centre which encourage people to come here. We know that the light shows and the many events we have organised have really helped to bring people to King’s Lynn and the footfall figures are very pleasing when the rest of the country seems to be struggling. We are just putting the finishing touches to the events programme for 2016 which we hope will once again support town centre retailers and eateries as people come into town to enjoy what’s on offer.”

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Local MP pledges support to slaughterhouse campaign

Henry Bellingham with Animal Aid's Kate Fowler

Henry Bellingham with Animal Aid’s Kate Fowler

North West Norfolk MP, Henry Bellingham, has pledged his support to the campaign for mandatory CCTV inside UK slaughterhouses.

The campaign – which has widespread political and public support – was launched by Animal Aid, after five-years of investigating animal welfare breaches inside British slaughterhouses. The national organisation has placed fly-on-the-wall cameras inside ten slaughterhouses and found nine were breaking animal welfare laws.

The footage revealed: slaughterhouse workers kicking, punching and beating animals in the head and face; picking them up by ears, legs and fleeces and throwing them; burning them with cigarettes; using the electrical stunning tongs to inflict painful electric shocks on the animals; and hacking away at the throats of fully conscious sheep. Failure to stun animals properly was also common and a serious breach of the law.

Mr Bellingham, who has served Norfolk since 1983, signed a parliamentary motion (an Early Day Motion) calling for mandatory CCTV to monitor working practices inside UK slaughterhouses and reiterated his support by agreeing to be photographed with Animal Aid’s campaign banner.

Says Henry Bellingham MP: ‘This is an excellent campaign – above all, if slaughterhouses have nothing to hide they should have no concerns about the installation of CCTV.’

Says Kate Fowler, Slaughter Consultant with Animal Aid: ‘There is no excuse for the savagery we filmed inside British slaughterhouses, and yet it went on right under the noses of the vets who are stationed there. Clearly, this system which costs taxpayers millions of pounds is failing to protect animals. We need a more robust regulatory system, and CCTV – if properly monitored – can play an important part in deterring and detecting welfare breaches. We are very grateful for the support of Mr Bellingham in helping us stop slaughterhouse abuse.’

In a 2014 YouGov poll commissioned by Animal Aid, 76 per cent of British adults support CCTV being made mandatory in all UK slaughterhouses (with independent monitoring of the footage).

Early Day Motion 153 has now been signed by almost 130 MPs: www.parliament.uk/edm/2015-16/153

North Norfolk MP, Norman Lamb and Norwich South MP, Clive Lewis have also signed the Early Day Motion.

www.animalaid.org.uk

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Very hairy biker gives Pet Fest the paws up

Harley poses for photos. Photo: John Beck

Harley poses for photos. Photo: John Beck

Local dog celebrity Harley the hairy biker stole the show at the Rainbow Festival of Gifts & Crafts for Pets on Sunday.

The St Bernard has appeared in national newspapers and been interviewed on local radio. But perhaps his biggest claim to fame was when he appeared on the BBC’s One Show with rock star Gene Simmons.

Harley first came into the limelight in July 2004 when his owners marriage was filmed for Anglia TV.

Harley with his owner , boith dressed as Santa.  Photo: John Beck

Harley with his owner Alan Valkeith, both dressed as Santa. Photo: John Beck

Motorbike enthusiasts Alan and Tina Valkeith from Peterborough, said: “He takes all this limelight in his stride. He is always getting his photo taken. People who see him riding in the side car with us can’t believe it.”

Posing for photos at the Curlew Centre in Sutton Bridge he had no comment to make to us, but later gave a big ‘paws up’ for the Pet Fest, where dozens of visitors and their pets turned up to look around the stalls.

www.facebook.com/HarleyTheHairyBiker

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King’s Lynn Innovation Centre ‘Pop-up’ Launches

Artists impression of the new Kings Lynn Innovation Centre.

Artists impression of the new Kings Lynn Innovation Centre.

From Monday 9 November 2015, businesses in West Norfolk will be one step closer to benefitting from the services The King’s Lynn Innovation Centre (KLIC) will offer, as a Pop-up Enterprise Centre opens in the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk offices in King’s Lynn.

The King’s Lynn Innovation Centre will provide support for start-up companies and aspiring entrepreneurs in order to deliver economic growth in the area, and the temporary Pop-up Enterprise Centre aims to offer information about the services KLIC will provide until the building opens its doors in spring 2016.

Staff from Nwes, a leading enterprise agency, will be on hand at the Pop-up Enterprise Centre Monday to Friday during business hours to discuss what office space will be available to rent at KLIC, how you can book meeting rooms and conferencing facilities, and how local businesses can access business advice and support from Nwes.

John Balch, Strategic Director at Nwes said: “The King’s Lynn Innovation Centre, which will support the local community by delivering a comprehensive package of help to overcome the barriers to setting up in business, is nearing completion but until you can step into the building itself, Nwes and its partners invite you to visit the KLIC Pop-up Enterprise Centre.

“We want local residents and businesses to take this opportunity to meet Nwes staff, ask any questions you have and learn about how a serviced, state-of-the-art office could help you start or run your business more effectively.”

Leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Cllr Nick Daubney added: “Supporting economic development in West Norfolk is a key priority for us and we are delighted to be able to help promote the new King’s Lynn Innovation Centre by hosting the Pop-up Enterprise Centre at our offices. I would urge business start-ups and entrepreneurs to come along and see what help, support and assistance will be on offer.”

The new centre will be owned and operated by Nwes and provide high-calibre one-to-one advice, mentoring, workshops, and access to financial support for local businesses. As a contemporary commercial workspace it will also act as a catalyst for further highly skilled employment opportunities on the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area site.

The £5m innovation centre has been made possible by £1.5m of funding from the Borough Council, £500,000 from Nwes and £2.5m of Growing Places Fund loan and £500,000 Growth Deal funding from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. KLIC has been designed by architects Feilden+Mawson and is the latest in a large portfolio of innovation centre concepts for the Norwich-based firm.

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Lynn companies show off their talent in town centre

vancouver quarter Crazy Golf 2935Companies from around King’s Lynn showed off their best dance moves and golfing talent on Wednesday (October 28) in the final Vancouver Quarter Business Challenge of 2015.

The double challenge was held in the former Country Casuals store on New Conduit Street and saw members from five business teams complete nine holes of crazy golf, as others competed on an arcade-style dance machine.

This event, the fourth and final business challenge of 2015, kicked off at 1pm with the team from Ward Gethin Archer storming to victory in the dance off challenge, and Primark winning the crazy golf competition.

With bonus points awarded to the best three dancers and top three putters, the overall competition winners for 2015 were Ward Gethin Archer and Primark who both finished on level points after the four challenges.

Wilko finished third, Sainsbury’s ended in fourth place and Burger King and KLFM were tied in fifth place. Alive Leisure, New Look, Beales, and Studio 20a completed the table.

The other challenges held in the Vancouver Quarter this year included pancake racing in February, egg and spoon racing in April, and beat the goalie in August. The shopping centre will give a donation to the chosen charities of both Ward Gethin Archer and Primark.

Abbie Panks, Vancouver Quarter Centre Manager, said: “I’d like to congratulate Ward Gethin Archer and Primark for topping our business challenge table this year. Both have been huge supporters of our challenges this year, and were both competitive.
“A huge thank you also to every business that has taken part this year. We really hope all the businesses enjoyed taking part, and went some way to helping their staff bonding and networking with fellow companies in the town.”

Details of the Vancouver Quarter’s 2016 challenges will be released early next year. Any businesses interested in taking part are asked to email info@vancouverquarter.com.

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New Innovation Centre takes shape

Innovation CentreWest Norfolk’s newest business hub, the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre (KLIC) is taking shape. Occupying a 1.5 acre site of the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area, the building is to attract investment and provide support for start-up companies and aspiring entrepreneurs in order to deliver economic growth in West Norfolk.

The structure is now visible to passing traffic on the A47. With a view to ensuring it is watertight by winter, the cladding and window installation work has begun and will be completed by the end of the month. The curtain walling (glazed wall of atrium area) is a central feature and will be completed by the end of November.

The project is on schedule to provide state-of-the-art space for West Norfolk businesses in the spring of 2016.

So what will the building offer when it opens next year?

KLIC facts
· Total floor area is 20,979 ft² (1,949m²)
· Innovation Centre space office area of 14,747 ft² (1,370m²).
· 75 car parking spaces and secure cycle storage facilities,

There will be rentable offices to the Southern end of the KLIC building, while a glazed atrium providing reception and informal meeting spaces in the middle. A 4 storey element, to the Northern end of the building contains a large conference room, meeting rooms, welfare facilities and also rentable office space.

What KLIC will offer local businesses:
· More than 25 offices will be available to rent.
· 1 large conference room ( with capacity for up to 100 people);
· 3 high specification meeting rooms;
· Reception and multi-functional areas for informal meeting and refreshment uses, including a first floor mezzanine ‘break- out area;
· Nwes on site management/business support facilities.

The centre has been made possible with £3m funding from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and £1.5 million funding from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk. KLIC has been designed by architects Feilden+Mawson and is the latest in a large portfolio of innovation centre concepts for the Norwich-based firm.

To register interest in office space please contact Nwes on 08454 374465

When the flagship building is complete, KLIC will be a hub for business formation, knowledge transfer and engagement with world leading companies in West Norfolk aimed to unlock a powerful catalyst for innovation and economic development on the Nar_Ouse site.

http://www.nwes.org.uk/premises/business-centres/opening-2016-klic

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College students celebrate academic achievements

college celebrates 600It was smiles all round at the weekend, as the College of West Anglia’s Higher Education students celebrated their academic achievements at the annual Graduation ceremony.

The ceremony, which took place at the Alive Corn Exchange on Saturday 10 October 2015, is the most prestigious event in the college’s calendar and this year celebrated the graduation of 138 CWA students, graduating from 18 programmes.

Proceedings began with the traditional academic procession through King’s Lynn Town Centre, leaving from the Town Hall at 12.05pm and arriving at the Corn Exchange by 12.30pm for the ceremony.

The students, known as graduands up until they graduate, received their certificates in Higher National Qualifications and Professional Qualifications.

Certificates were presented to the students by CWA Principal David Pomfret, and Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, who was also the keynote speaker. Proceedings were attended by proud family, friends, college governors and staff.

In addition, the college celebrated the University Centre West Anglia (UCWA) student of the year award, presented by Dr Apurba Kundu, ARU Deputy Dean. This year, the award went to Rachael Castleton, BA History and English Literature with First Class Honours.

At the end of ceremony, the academic procession of college staff, governors, guests – and now with the addition of the graduates – processed again through the streets of King’s Lynn, where members of the public clapped and congratulated the graduates on their success.

In addition to annual proceedings, this year saw the addition of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) pledge and declaration ceremony, which took place at the College of West Anglia King’s Lynn campus Tower Block, later that afternoon. The declaration ceremony is a result of the college receiving accreditation from the RCVS for its degrees in veterinary nursing and applied animal behaviour.

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Chance to win a mini cooper at QD

QD LogoKing’s Lynn residents have the chance to enter a free draw to win a Mini Cooper car as part of the local QD store’s birthday celebrations.

The QD Group, which also owns Lathams, Cherry Lane Garden Centres and Thing-Me-Bobs, opened its first store 30 years ago, and is holding its biggest instore event ever to celebrate.

As well as the Mini Cooper, local customers could also be in with a chance of winning the use of a sports car for the weekend, plus 300 x £30 vouchers.

Group Chief Executive, Nick Rubins, said: “QD was one of the very first discounters on the High Street and we want to celebrate 30 years of continued success with our customers. As well as the free prize draw there’s also an extra 30 per cent off across hundreds of products in store, providing even better bargains than ever.

“Come down to your local QD store to join us in the celebrations, where lots of our customers have been very excited about the prospect of winning such fantastic prizes. This is the biggest birthday event we’ve ever held and it’s creating a great buzz in our stores. We want to make sure no one misses out on our great offers!”

The free prize draw is available to enter at the King’s Lynn QD store at 128 – 132 Norfolk Street. The draw closes on Wednesday 30 September.

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Citizen newspaper calls it a day

citizen final editionThe Norfolk Citizen weekly free newspaper has announced it will cease publication immediately.

Mark Leslie, editor of the Citizens’ sister publication, the Lynn News, said: “In the multi-media digital age we are reaching huge audiences through our website and the bi-weekly Lynn News.

“Our customers and readers have flocked to those platforms in record numbers, but it is abundantly clear that the Norfolk Citizen is no longer relevant in its current form, given the success of those products.

“We would sincerely like to thank all those who have supported the Citizen, both readers, advertisers and distributors.”

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Borough Election Results 2015

ballot vote election result - woodsy

Conservatives retain control of Council
Final Result: Conservatives 50, Labour 10 Independents 2

(Those Elected are shown in BOLD)

Old Gaywood

Graham Middleton (CON) 338,
Gary Howman (LAB) 278,
John Corden (UKIP) 239,
Rachel Lawson (GREEN) 141

North Wootton

Greville Howard (CON) 796,
Rosalie Costin (UKIP) 320,
Deborah Holman (LAB) 294

Walpole

Richard Blunt (CON) 668,
Trevor Roberts (UKIP) 501

St Margarets with St Nicholas

Bambridge (CON) 714,
Kittow (LAB) 554,

Wilson (CON) 531,
Terrey (LAB) 523,
Archer (GREEN) 402

Wiggenhall

Marcus Hopkins (CON) 529,
Bob Scully (UKIP) 370,
Kevin Holland (GREEN) 229

Gaywood Chase

S. Collop (LAB) 753,
J. Collop (LAB) 724,

Goodson (CON) 712,
Stone (UKIP) 649,
Wherrell (CON) 503

Gayton

Alistair Beales (CON) 755,
David Costin (UKIP) 398,
Nigel Walker (GREEN) 165

South and West Lynn

Charles Joyce (LAB) 833,
Gary McGuinness (LAB) 802,

Claire Garrod (CON) 799,
Peter Pooley (CON) 583

Priory

Jim Moriarty (LAB) 816,
Samanda Davison (CON) 568

East Downham

Jackie Westrop (CON) 865,
Heather Fouracre (LAB) 490

Grimston

Sue Fraser (CON) 572,
Andrew De Whalley (GREEN) 454,
Alan Bedwell (UKIP) 295

North Downham

Geoffrey Wareham (CON) 723,
Jonathan Toye (LAB) (338),
Eamonn McCusker (GREEN) 163

South Wootton

Nick Daubney (CON) 1648,
Elizabeth Nockolds (CON) 1607,

Verity Connolly (GREEN) 734,
Ed Scholes (GREEN) 575

Watlington

Peter Hodson (CON) 507
Ashley Collins (UKIP) 373,
Triston Finnis (LAB) 332,
Ellen Taylor (LIB DEM) 103

Mershe Lande

Brian Long (CON) 752
Fred Agnew (UKIP) 505

Springwood

Toby Pentelow-Wing (CON) 446
Ken Hubbard (LAB) 300,
Clifford Walters (UKIP) 210,
Ian Swinton (LIB DEM) 160

Rudham

Michael Chenery of Horsbrugh (CON) 800,
Andrew Carr (UKIP) 428

Upwell and Delph

David Pope (CON) 1277,
Vivienne Spikings (CON) 1197,

Colin Rose (UKIP) 1009

South Downham

Don Tyler (CON) 788,
Ira Rose (UKIP) 383,
Mike Larcey (LAB) 276

Wissey

Colin Sampson (CON) 737,
Bill Whitmore (UKIP) 334,
Kellingray (LAB) 268

Gaywood North Bank

Mark Shorting (CON) 1451,
Patrick Rochford (CON) 1213
Thomas Smith (CON) 1040

Barclay (UKIP) 1021,
Barnard (LAB) 983
Davies (LAB) 899,
Pritchard (LAB) 847,
Hall (IND) 570,
Franklin (IND) 541

Clenchwarton

David Whitby (CON) 654,
Alexandra Kemp (IND) 597

Valley Hill

Mike Tilbury (IND) 899,
Gary Hart (CON) 466

Hunstanton

Bird (IND) 1522,
Beal (CON) 1193,
Bower (CON) 1178,

Jamieson (CON) 816,
Maiden (IND) 791,
Fincham (UKIP) 700

Spellowfields

Kunes (CON) 1,174,
Young (CON) 865,

Williams (UKIP) 756,
Everett (LAB) 150

Denton

Lawrence (CON) 1,745,
Storey (CON) 1,738,
Peake (CON) 1,538 (CON),

Polhill (LAB) 606,
Ryves (LAB) 588,
Davies (LAB) 467

Downham Old Town

Kathy Mellish (CON) 562,
Gipson (LAB) 258,
Brown (UKIP) 252,
Doyle (IND) 164

West Winch

Anota (CON) 1,305,
Gidney (CON) 1,286,

Leamon (UKIP) 882,
Foster (CON) 854

Burnham

Sam Sandall (CON) 654,
Simon Wilson (LIB DEM) 276

Docking

Andrew Morrison (CON) 761,
Jeremy Wilson (LAB) 293

Airfield

Hipperson (CON) 1,256,
Howland (CON) 843,

Cooper (UKIP) 755,
Scott (UKIP) 482,
Barclay (GREEN) 414

Emneth and Outwell

Chris Crofts (CON) 1,226,
Harry Humphrey (CON) 1,208,

Tony Jackson (UKIP) 999

Dersingham

Bubb (CON) 1,419,
Collingham (CON) 1,274,

Houston (UKIP) 855,
E. Coward (LIB DEM) 478,
R Coward (LIB DEM) 435

North Lynn

Andy Tyler (LAB) 770
Sandra Buck (LAB) 757

Bowers (UKIP) 685,
Tweed (CON) 420,
Dobson (CON) 362

Fairstead

WILKINSON Margaret LAB 753
GOURLAY Ian LAB 727

PERKINS James Albert (UKIP) 599
MORTIMER Ronald Barry (CON) 593
WILLIAMSON Jonathan (CON) 469

Heacham

COLVIN Peter CON 1817
MANNING Colin (CON) 1313

RUST Emilia (LAB) 736
RUST Holly (LAB) 679

Snettisham

DEVEREUX Ian Frank (CON) 1537
WRIGHT Avril Pauline (CON) 1354

PENNINGTON (LAB) 636
SHEARS Jean Eva (LAB) 474

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ELECTION RESULTS 2015 – North West Norfolk

2015 RESULT

Henry Bellingham (Conservative) 24,727
Jo Rust (Labour) 10,779
Toby Coke (UK Independence Party) 8,412
Michael de Whalley (Green) 1,780
Hugh Lanham (Liberal Democrat) 1,673

ELECTION CHART

CON majority: 13,948 29.4%
Turnout: 65.4%
Vote share %
CON 52.2
LAB 22.8
UKIP 17.8
GRN 3.8
LD 3.5

KING’S LYNN & WEST NORFOLK COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2015

(Awaiting results)

election 2010 chart

• The Conservatives won the North West Norfolk constituency at the 2010 General Election with a majority of nearly 15,000 votes.

• It’s the safest of the nine seats in the county.

• Conservative majority in 2010: 14,810

• NW Norfolk is the safest seat in Norfolk and the 14th safest seat of the 69 in the Anglia region

• Labour would need a swing of 21% to win in 2015 and the Lib Dems would need a 16% swing

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North West Norfolk – Election 2015

2015 Candidates

Henry Bellingham (Conservative)
Toby Coke (UK Independence Party)
Hugh Lanham (Liberal Democrat)
Jo Rust (Labour)
Michael de Whalley (Green)

election 2010 chart

• The Conservatives won the North West Norfolk constituency at the 2010 General Election with a majority of nearly 15,000 votes.

• It’s the safest of the nine seats in the county.

• Conservative majority in 2010: 14,810

• NW Norfolk is the safest seat in Norfolk and the 14th safest seat of the 69 in the Anglia region

• Labour would need a swing of 21% to win in 2015 and the Lib Dems would need a 16% swing

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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.

paul richards freedom group

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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Missing woman’s body found

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Police searching for a missing woman in Kings Lynn have confirmed yesterday they had found a body.

Officers were called at 3pm yesterday to reports of a body on the bank of the River Ouse near the Sluice, off Saddleborough.

Police believe the body is that of 80-year-old Margaret Bodger who was reported missing after she was last seen at her home address on Lady Jane Grey Road at around 8.45pm on Sunday 19 April.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained. Formal identification and a post mortem examination will take place in due course.

Margaret’s family are very much in shock, but would like to thank all the local people in Lynn who helped in the search for her.

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