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Dolphins seen in the river

Photo: Kevin Elfleet


Several short beaked dolphins have been photographed swimming along the River Great Ouse.

They are thought to have followed a school of fish in from the Wash. They are also known for swimming along with boats and particularly for riding the wave formed at a boat’s bow.

Short-beaked common dolphins are normally found in warm tropical waters, they are known to live in areas of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southeast Indian Ocean.

Dolphins were once very common in our river, going back to the medieval period. We were also renowned for having quantities of sturgeon in the river.

 

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Stunning image wins Norfolk Trails competition

Gary Pearson's winning image.

Gary Pearson’s winning image.

A stunning image of Thornham Quay on the Norfolk Coast Path has been chosen as the winning picture in the Norfolk Trails’ Treasure photo competition.

The competition, which launched at the start of the summer holidays, invited photographers to enter pictures which encapsulated what they treasure when out exploring the abundance of short and circular walks around the 12 Norfolk Trails.

Six images were chosen as finalists by the judges last week, and the public were invited to pick their favourite. Nearly 500 votes were cast online and this picturesque view of the tidal marshes at Thornham Quay, captured by Gary Pearson from Dersingham, near King’s Lynn, came in first place.

Although the public vote meant the judging panel, made up of Brian Hannah, Chairman of Norfolk County Council, Nigel Pickover, Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News Editor and David Yates, Norfolk County Council’s Senior Trails Officer, were spared the tough decision of picking the final overall winner – they did still have the job of announcing the under 13 winner.

Under 13's winner Kitty King, aged 10,  took this image near Cley.

Under 13’s winner Kitty King, aged 10, took this image near Cley.

Ten-year-old Kitty King, who lives in Thorpe St Andrew, was revealed as the junior winner of the competition, having impressed the judges with her beautiful photo of the scenic view across the River Glaven at Cley on the Norfolk Coast Path.

Brian Hannah said: “Congratulations to our winners. There were so many great entries in the competition, which proves there really is much to treasure and to take in when out walking or cycling along the Norfolk Trails. We hope the fantastic gallery of pictures from the competition will help entice even more people to explore these routes and to see the stunning attractions along the way.”

47-year-old Gary, who runs his own cleaning company, also scooped second place in the competition. He submitted the maximum five entries to the competition, with help from his wife Debbie to narrow down his own selection. Two of his photos were then chosen for the final as all the entries were presented to the judges anonymously. His image of the sun setting over Burnham Overy Staithe came second in the public vote.

Gary said: “I’ve been a keen photographer since I was about six years old, in fact it has become a bit of an obsession! Living along the beautiful north Norfolk coast I find something catches my eye every day. I spend most of my spare time taking pictures, I even take my camera out with me when I’m out kayaking and when I’m not taking pictures, I’m busy editing them. I have sold a few pictures as a hobby, but I’m still very much a keen amateur. This is only the second photo competition I’ve ever entered. The last one was a couple of years ago and I came second, so I’m delighted and that this time I’ve gone on to win.”

Kitty is also proving to have an artistic eye at a young age, having captured the photography bug from her mum Jenny King.

Jenny said: “It was my husband Mark who spotted the competition and suggested we enter one of Kitty’s pictures, as she’d taken so many lovely ones while on a trip to Holt. She is absolutely chuffed to bits to have won. I love taking pictures and I think she has inherited the hobby from me. I hope this inspires her to keep taking many more.”

Sundown at  Weavers Way by runner up Gail Sparks.

Sundown at Weavers Way by runner up Gail Sparks.

Another popular entry in the public vote, and taking third place, was a photo taken at sunset from Weavers’ Way. This photo, looking out over the river to the distinctive white-painted Thurne Dyke Mill, was captured by Gail Sparks from Great Yarmouth.

Gary, Gail and Kitty will now see their images go on display, alongside a selection of the judge’s favourites, at a rolling digital gallery to be held at The Forum in Norwich between 2 and 7 November.

The winners will be invited to come and see their images on public display and to collect their prizes, including £100 to spend at Cotswolds Outdoor and the winning photo made into a canvas print.

All entries have been added to the official Norfolk Trails Treasure Flickr Group for everyone to enjoy and the top six are featured at www.norfolktrails.co.uk.

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Michael Portillo opens refurbished railway station

Broadcaster Michael Portillo came to King’s Lynn on Tuesday morning to re-open the re-furbished 1950’s style railway station.

He said he thought it was very fitting the station was decorated in blue, as it was after all a Royal Station!

Michael Portillo arrives at King's Lynn station

Michael Portillo arrives at King’s Lynn station

Dr Paul Richards gives Michael a copy of his book about the Hanseatic League.

Dr Paul Richards gives Michael a copy of his book about the Hanseatic League.

About to unveil the plaque!

About to unveil the plaque!

Unveiling the plaque

Unveiling the plaque

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The plaque

Signing autographs

Signing autographs

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Festival Too ~ more pictures

All photos kindly supplied by Kevin Elfleet

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Sea Horses on parade

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Holkham beach on the north Norfolk coast is now known around the world for its miles of beautiful white sand.

The beach is a popular holiday destination with people coming back year after year. Among them, members of the Household Cavalry, who return every summer for a bit of horsing around and a swim in the sea!

Photos supplied by Kevin Elfleet.

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Holkham beach on the north Norfolk coast is now known around the world for its miles of beautiful white sand.

The beach is a popular holiday destination with people coming back year after year. Among them, members of the Household Cavalry, who return every summer for a bit of horsing around and a swim in the sea!

Photos supplied by Kevin Elfleet.

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Hansa Festival ~ more pictures

Pictures kindly supplied to us by Kevin Elfleet:

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Hanse Festival ~ In Pictures

Hansa Day in King’s Lynn was a huge success this year. Enjoy our selection of pictures!

Fire Breather on the Tuesday Market Place. Photo:  Joshua Yates

Fire Breather on the Tuesday Market Place. Photo: Joshua Yates

Aimee Talbot has a go at the archery.

Aimee Talbot has a go at the archery.

View from the top of Clifton House. Photo: Martin Skipper

View from the top of Clifton House. Photo: Martin Skipper

Rally Car on the Quay

Rally Car on the Quay

Pottery demonstration at Hanse House

Pottery demonstration at Hanse House

Archery demonstration at Hansa House.

Archery demonstration at Hansa House.

An 'illuminator' at Hanse House

An ‘illuminator’ at Hanse House

Fabulous fireworks on the quay, finish off the day.

Fabulous fireworks on the quay, finish off the day.

MORE HANSA FESTIVAL PICTURES

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Demolition of old Pilot Cinema

Workers start to demolish the old Pilot Cinema

Workers started to demolish the old Pilot Cinema on John Kennedy Road on Monday morning, making way for 25 new homes by the end of the year.

The old Zoots nightclub sign lies on one side of the site.

Graham Tinkler ( @GrahamTinkler) tweeted: “I can remember my Mum and Dad taking me to see Cooperman there. Dad moaned the entire way through about uncomfy seats!”

Marie Connell (@MarieConnell1) tweeted: “I remember seeing Grease there.”

Do you have any memories of the old Cinema? Let us Know!

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Pictures ~ The Queen at West Newton

Some great photos of Her Majesty supplied to us by Kevin Elfleet:

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Lion Dance welcomes in the Chinese New Year

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Hundreds of local school children and shoppers enjoyed a performance of the traditional Chinese Lion Dance in the Vancouver Quarter this morning.

The Lion Dance has a long history and is said to bring good luck, prosperity and good business to any occasion. We were there to capture the atmosphere …

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Behind the costumes - The Hung Kuen Lion Dance Team.

Behind the costumes – James Uglow’s Hung Kuen Lion Dance Team.

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In Pictures ~ The Queen at Wolferton

The Queen attended a service at Wolferton Church on Sunday. Despite the rain, there was a turnout of about 200 spectators. Photos by Kevin Elfleet.

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Santa’s Go Dashing !!!

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Dozens of Santas went Dashing through the Walks on Saturday, raising money for the Norfolk Hospice.

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New Tesco Store opening ~ In pictures & sound

Pictures of the Week

Eagle Owl

An Eagle Owl sitting on the roof of a house in King’s Lynn …
We were told about this good looking geezer by Jennifer Calaby, who said the bird has been flying around the Thomas Street area for several weeks, and she would like to know if he belongs to anyone please! … Full Interview

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Stall selling Italian Sweets in New Conduit Street …
The sweets were just too yummy to resist, and tasted delicious! The European Market is in town until Sunday June 16th. What’s On Page

 

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Model of the King’s Lynn Custom House …
This model by retired carpenter Fred Hall is currently on display at True’s Yard Museum, along with 7 other wooden models depicting local historic buildings. Details on our What’s On Page

 

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Steam train puffing down the Poppy Line …
We happened to be in the right place at the right time to capture this photo of a train on the North Norfolk Railway travelling through some of North Norfolk’s stunning coastal countryside. … North Norfolk Coast

 

Archive Alive Mobile Cinema


The Archive Alive Mobile Cinema visits King’s Lynn …
People queued to watch archive film footage of the town. The 22-seater digital cinema was built in 1967, and is the only one of it’s type to survive, after being rescued from a scrap yard in Essex! … More

 

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