People in King’s Lynn are being urged to support a Christmas Fair which will raise funds for urgent repairs to the town’s historic Minster.
Fundraising members of the congregation have organised the festive event for the second year running.
However, public support will be even more important this year after it was recently revealed the Grade One listed building needed restoration and modernisation works – expected to cost half-a-million pounds.
Ancient stonework is crumbling and the major visitor attraction needs a programme of modernisation works.
A fundraising appeal will be launched next year and, while the bulk of the money has been pledged by the Heritage Lottery Fund from National Lottery cash, there will still be £110,000 to find.
The shortfall has to be raised in the next year for the work to proceed.
Last year’s inaugural Christmas Fair raised around £1,200 towards the upkeep of the Minster, which is now on Historic England’s Heritage At Risk Register.
Two of the fair’s organisers, Peter Johnson and Sue Naulty, said the event was “more important because of the situation”.
“This is the townspeople’s church and we need the support of the town at the moment,” said Mr Johnson.
Mrs Naulty, chairman of the fundraising committee, said the Minster was the most popular tourist attractions in Lynn.
“We are desperate for the money and support,” she said.
The fair will be held on Saturday, November 26 at the Saturday Market place building from 10am to 3pm and will be opened by the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick, at 10am. There will be free admission to the fair.
There will be more than 20 stalls which will range from jewellery and Christmas decorations to cards, crafts, cakes, pressed flowers and paintings.
Money from a craft stall, tombola, and a raffle will go towards the building fund as well as proceeds from the cafe, where refreshments and soup and a roll will be on sale.
Other stallholders will be raising money for their own causes.