Mayor and Mayoress Barry and Christine Ayres and Trinity Rotary president Malcolm Woods. Picture: Tony Jones.

There were big smiles on the faces of around 600 school children who enjoyed the thrills and spills of The Mart in King’s Lynn.

The fun fair opened its rides for a special treat on Tuesday for children from many of the town’s schools including youngsters from Churchill Park Complex Needs School.

This was the fourth year Lynn’s Trinity Rotary Club has teamed-up with the Showmen’s  Guild of Great Britain to host the free day.

It was made possible through the connections of Rotary member Lawrence “Nipper” Appleton who is also a member of the Showmen’s Guild.

Around double last year’s number of children attended and Mr Appleton said the showmen had opened as many of the rides as they could this year.

Tina Doherty, a teaching assistant at Whitefriars School said 60 of its Year 6 children had attended.

“They  have been very excited. Everyone has been so generous and the children have had two or three goes on each ride,” said Mrs Doherty.

St Michael’s Primary School at South Lynn pupil Leo Kew, who had been on the bumper cars and waltzer rides, said his favourite had been the teacups.

Rotary past president Lesley Bambridge said many of the children might not have had the opportunity to visit the fair.

“The Showmen’s Guild let us have this for free and we have organised the school buses and we are here to make sure everything goes well,” she said.

West Norfolk Mayor Barry Ayres said the fair was part of the town’s heritage.

“It is a wonderful day and part of King’s Lynn culture. Fairgrounds and the Mart is part of our traditionalism,” he said.