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Free photo shoot ahead of Valentine’s Day

Loved-up couples are being given the chance to have a free photo shoot by a professional photographer in the Vancouver Quarter ahead of Valentine’s Day.

The pop up studio will be situated next to Costa Coffee and opposite Wilkinson on New Conduit Street and will run from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, February 7.

People are being encouraged to book a slot on the Vancouver Quarter’s website to avoid disappointment. Participants will be able to download their pictures from the shopping centre’s website and have photos printed in time for Valentine’s Day.

“We are really looking forward to hosting this free photo shoot,” Abbie Panks, centre manager, said.

“It’s a great opportunity for couples to have their photo taken for free and have their love digitally captured ahead of Valentine’s Day but we all know love can come in many different forms so even if you are not in a relationship right now, why not reserve a space and have a photograph taken with your best friend or family member?

She added: “Snappy Snaps is also offering a special discount on all prints if you show your Vancouver Quarter Discount Card.”


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Two lucky winners share £1,000 of town centre vouchers

Winner: Danielle Oz from Wisbech.

Winner: Danielle Oz from Wisbech.

Two very lucky people are sharing a prize of £1,000 worth of shopping vouchers to spend in King’s Lynn stores ahead of Christmas.

On Thursday, the Vancouver Quarter and the Borough Council handed over £500 worth of shopping vouchers to Danielle Oz and Emma Bately, who won them during the Christmas Light’s Switch On event last month.

Danielle, a teaching assistant from Wisbech, said “I had to be told twice before I believed I had really won. I’ve already been doing lots of window shopping getting ideas for what to buy.”

Emma, from Downham Market, is a keen member of the Clandestine Cake Club, and plans to buy more baking equipment with her vouchers.

Handing over the vouchers outside the Christmas Grotto were Vancouver Quarter Manager Abbie Panks, Borough Counsellor David Pope and Town Centre Manager Alastair Cox.

Winner: Emma Bately from  Downham Market.

Winner: Emma Bately from Downham Market.

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Norfolk Green joins Vancouver Quarter Discount Card scheme

Caption for second picture: Will Smith, Norfolk Green commercial manager, Colin Field, Norfolk Green bus driver, and David Blackmore, Vancouver Quarter marketing and events assistant, on Baxter’s Plain in the heart of the Vancouver Quarter to unveil Norfolk Green as the latest business to join the Vancouver Quarter Discount Card scheme. Photo:  Paul Tibbs

Will Smith, Norfolk Green commercial manager, Colin Field, Norfolk Green bus driver, and David Blackmore, Vancouver Quarter marketing and events assistant, unveil Norfolk Green as the latest business to join the Vancouver Quarter Discount Card scheme. Photo: Paul Tibbs

Christmas shoppers will be able to save money on their bus travel into King’s Lynn after Norfolk Green confirmed today it had signed up to the Vancouver Quarter discount card scheme.

The West Norfolk bus operator joins 10 other Vancouver Quarter businesses and the Alive Leisure trust, which runs the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Lynnsport, St James Pool, Downham Leisure Centre, and the Oasis at Hunstanton, currently offering discounts.

Cardholders heading into King’s Lynn to enjoy one of the Vancouver Quarter’s late night shopping events, held every Thursday from November 27 to December 18, will receive 10 per cent off their travel on Norfolk Green’s service 10, 11 and Coasthopper 1 buses.

Abbie Panks, Vancouver Quarter centre manager, said: “We’re delighted that Norfolk Green has joined our discount card scheme. They are very much a part of the Vancouver Quarter and bring thousands of people directly into the heart of the town every week.

“This initial discount will help make cardholders’ money go that little bit further at a very expensive time of year for many families in West Norfolk. We will continue to work with Norfolk Green to seek other opportunities for further discounts and we will announce these once confirmed.”

Burger King, Ikon, Wimpy and the Majestic Cinema are also on the discount card scheme, as are Johnsons, Blue Inc, Claire’s, Trespass, Supercuts and Moccachinos.

Will Smith, Norfolk Green commercial manager, added: “We are delighted to join the Vancouver Quarter discount card scheme which further strengthens our existing partnership with the Vancouver Quarter.

“In the build up to Christmas 2014, we are looking to encourage shoppers to ditch the car in favour of the bus with this offer of discounted travel. We are also excited by the future promotional possibilities that we will be able to offer as a participant in the scheme.”

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Late Night Shopping In Lynn

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Shops in King’s Lynn town centre will stay open until 8 pm on Thursdays from 20 Nov to 18 December.

There’s Free parking from 3pm every Thursday in the run up to Xmas.

People can park free of charge from 3pm until midnight in council-owned surface car parks in King’s Lynn and 3 pm until 11.30 pm in the St James multi-storey car park.

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TOWIE star coming to Lynn

sam faiersTV star Samantha Faiers is coming to Lynn this week to promote her new fragrance, ‘La Bella’. She will be appearing at Kings Lynn Tesco Extra Hardwick Retail Park on Saturday 29 November at 4pm.

Samantha “Sam” Faiers is best known for starring as herself in the semi-reality programme The Only Way Is Essex. The former glamour model is widely regarded as a style icon – from her outfits on TOWIE to her regular red carpet public appearances.

In addition to her own fashion store ‘Minnie’s Boutique’ Samantha’s interest in fashion has led to the creation of her new debut fragrance ‘La Bella’.

Samantha has enjoyed every element of creating La Bella, she comments:
“I didn’t want to simply put my name to something, like a lot of celebrities do, that’s not the direction I want to go.

“The development team has been amazing – letting me lead the way, and we’ve created my ultimate fragrance. I’ve been wearing the samples and have had so many compliments. This is such an exciting venture for me and I can’t wait to share the fragrance with my fans!”

The fragrance is available online from

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Book Signing: King’s Lynn in Colour 1960s to 1980s

Bob Booth Kings Lynn in Colour Front cover picture

Bob Booth at the book signing in Waterstones. Photo: Alan T Shearer.

Bob Booth at one of his book signings in Waterstones. Photo: Alan T Shearer.

Local historian Bob Booth will be in town this weekend to publicise his latest collection of historic town photographs called King’s Lynn in Colour 1960s to 1980s.

There’s an opportunity to discuss your memories with Bob at Waterstones book shop in Norfolk Street on Saturday from 11am, where he will also be signing copies of his book.

Bob began working as a teacher at the college in King’s Lynn known locally as ‘The Tec’. He spent 11 happy years teaching chemistry there before he began to work full-time in ‘Bayes’ – the well known record shop in the town which he owned along with his wife Janet.

Writing and publishing his books came about more by accident than design, after a friend lent him some wonderful photographs of the old yards in King’s Lynn taken in the 1930s. Certain there would be many other people with local connections, that shared his interest and love for the town and it’s history, he started putting together the first of a series of books.

King’s Lynn in Colour 1960s to 1980s (Paperback 64 pages)
by Robert Booth is available from Waterstones priced £9.99.

Further details of the book signing are available by phoning 01553 660111, or you can find out more about Bob and his books on his website at

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New Home Bargains store set to open

Home Bargains

Home Bargains is investing approximately £500,000 in a new store in King’s Lynn, which will be officially opened by the Mayor, Councillor Barry Ayres, on Saturday, 31 May.

The top brand, bottom price retailer is creating up to 40 new jobs in the community with its latest store, which is located at St Nicholas Retail Park.

This will be the first store to open in King’s Lynn, joining 330 outlets across the UK. Opening approximately 50 stores a year, Home Bargains is bucking current trends in the industry.

Joe Morris, operations director at Home Bargains, said: “We’re excited to be opening our first store in King’s Lynn, and look forward to welcoming new customers through our doors.”

The 10,500 sq ft store, which is a former Netto, will give King’s Lynn shoppers the chance to get their hands on bargains, including a great selection of homewares, health and beauty, home style goods, sweets, snacks and drinks.

Customers can also shop online at, enabling customers to shop online.

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New discount store advertising for staff

home bargains posters

A new discount store is advertising for “store management and hourly paid staff” outside the former Asda store on the St Nicholas Retail Park, off Edward Benefer Way, King’s Lynn.

The Home Bargains poster asks applicants to email their CV’s to or post them to T.J. Morris Limited, Axis Business Park, Gillmoss, Liverpool L11 0JA.

Home Bargains describe themselves as one of the UK’s fastest growing discount retailers with more than 300 branches across the country, aiming to offer the lowest prices in the UK on top quality, branded goods.

The new store will sell items such as homeware, toiletries, sweets, snacks and drinks, and plans to open in June.

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Town votes no for BID

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A vote amongst businesses in King’s Lynn town centre has resulted in a narrow no for King’s Lynn BID.

The 18 month campaign and month long vote saw 54% vote in favor of the Business Improvement District, however the secondary count based on rateable value saw the vote recorded as a no vote.

The legislation states that for a BID to be introduced there needs to be a majority of all who vote, in favour of the proposal and of all of those, the total rateable value of all these businesses is calculated and needs to be a majority .

It is estimated that the ballot was swung by as little as 2% which could equate to just one average sized business.

BID Steering group member Darren Taylor said “This is undoubtedly a set-back for King’s Lynn town centre. The businesses have voted no to vital investment and support. We now run the risk of losing out to towns like Cambridge and Norwich and seeing continued decline of our town centre.

“However, I still believe that King’s Lynn has much to offer and I remain committed to working hard to ensure its survival as a vibrant town centre.

Businesses would have paid an additional 1.5% of their business rates and it is estimated that around 60% of town centre businesses would have paid less than £1 a day as their contribution and would have generated around 1.5million over 5 years to improve and enhance services and environmental conditions of this defined geographic area of the town centre. ”

Andy Wilson, Owner of Ikon, King’s Lynn commented “I’m really disappointed. We would have been able to do so much more in the town with the BID money. I sincerely hope that this doesn’t stop people investing in the town”

In the UK there are now over 160 BIDs in place, including Norwich, Cambridge, Bury, Ipswich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

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New Farmfoods super store

Farmfoods are opening a new “super store” just yards from their existing store on St Nicholas Retail Park.

The new store will be three times larger than the existing store, with more tills and a bigger range of products.

Provisional opening date for the new store is Friday 11th April. The existing store will close the previous day.

Scottish frozen food supplier Farmfoods recorded the highest growth rate among UK retailers in the 12 weeks ending February 2, and analysts are expecting the firm to boost sales further throughout the rest of the year.

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Saturday Market ‘still open for business’

KL.FM’s mascot Super Trooper wanted to demonstrate that the Saturday Market Place is still open for business by riding his unicycle across the car park!

Super Trooper demonstrates that the Saturday Market Place is still open for business!

Darren Taylor, Managing Director of KL.FM, said: “We’re here today to show the people of King’s Lynn that not only is the Saturday Market and this part of town still open for business, but you never know what you might find in this quirky part of town. One day it might be a restaurant, another day a church and another day a bear on a unicycle!

KL.FM mascot Super Trooper with MD Darren Taylor on the steps of the Town Hall

“One of the roads is partly closed due to gas pipe works, but there was a lot of confusion surrounding some of the signage which said the Saturday Market was closed, when it is still in fact open.

“After some of the local shops contacted us, we ran a story on the station, and as a direct result the Highways people have made the signs clearer.

“We expect the roadworks to continue for at least a couple more weeks.”

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New Poundland store set to open

Poundland lorry

Discount chain Poundland confirmed to us this morning that their new King’s Lynn store will be opening this Saturday, 22nd March.

The new store will be located at the former Comet premises on the Pierpoint Retail Park. This will be Poundland’s second store in King’s Lynn. The first one remains open on Broad Street, in the Vancouver Quarter.

Another discount store, Home Bargains, looks set to move into the old Asda store on Edward Benefer Way. According to their website, the new store will open in June 2014, although the company refused to comment.”

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Late Night Shopping

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It’s your chance to ‘shop till you drop’ every Thursday evening in the lead up to Christmas, as King’s Lynn stores keep their doors open till late.

Participating shops are open until 8pm every Thursday evening from 28 November to 19 December. Most of the town’s big shops will stay open until late on these days.

Car parking will cost just £1 on all of King’s Lynn’s surface car parks from 3pm until midnight.

For details of shops in Lynn, visit our Shops Page.

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Car park to re-open on Saturday

Tuesday Market Place Refurbishment

The Tuesday Market Place car park will re-open on Saturday, 9 November 2013, as the 16-week Tuesday Market Place refurbishment programme nears completion.

Work began in July 2013 to refurbish the Tuesday Market Place. The aim of the £1m project was to maintain the square’s flexibility as an outdoor events venue, whilst making more of the space available by restricting traffic and encouraging local eateries to make use of new paved outdoor areas.

As part of the project the car park has also been completely resurfaced and two zebra crossings have been installed. Some new street lighting will be installed in the next week or two.

The granite area, on the south side of the Tuesday Market Place is a pedestrianised zone, whilst the paved area on the east side is now permanently closed to traffic from 10am until 10pm, and open for deliveries only between 10pm and 10am.

The car park comprises 200 spaces, of which 21 are free 20-minute spaces. These have been incorporated into the design to compensate for the loss of free on-street parking. The free spaces are demarcated by maroon bays with tickets available from the maroon ticket machine. Two of the free spaces are disabled bays, which are free for 20 minutes plus 10 minutes grace. Fees for the car park are the same as other short-term council-owned car parks in town.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “This extensive project will be completed on time and within budget, which is great news. The car park will be fully opened on Saturday in plenty of time for the lead up to Christmas. The paving will be completed over the next couple of weeks and the Christmas trees are due to be installed mid November, ready for our Christmas lights switch-on event on 28 November.

“The Tuesday Market Place is one of the finest market squares in Europe. This refurbishment helps to make the most of its assets whilst maintaining its core use as a car park.”

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New Tesco Store opening ~ In pictures & sound


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