Rainbow colours for LGBT history month. Picture: Kevin Elfleet.

KING’S Lynn’s historic town hall has been used to celebrate two good causes working for a brighter future.

The hall, built in around 1421, was lit up in rainbow colours by West Norfolk Council to show its support for LGBT History Month in February.

Events are held around the UK for the month, which celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community while tackling prejudice. Last Thursday’s light-up event  coincided with a full council meeting in the hall.

The move was welcomed by borough councillor Patrick Rochford, ward member for Gaywood North Bank.

“As an openly gay councillor, it is important to me that my council recognises the significance of LGBT History Month.

“I feel I have a duty to represent not just the residents of Gaywood North Bank, but to stand up for LGBT people living and working in west Norfolk and raise awareness of LGBT issues whenever I can.

“I hope as many people as possible see the lights and are moved to find out more about LGBT History Month.”

The following evening the hall’s chequered facade was bathed in purple light to support the Rotary Club’s Crocus Campaign, which raises money for End Polio Now.

Every year, clubs plant crocus bulbs and ask people to donate money and wear fabric crocus buttonholes to raise awareness of the disease.

The crocus was chosen because the purple colour matched the dye painted on the fingers of children who have been immunised.

King’s Lynn Rotary Club also celebrated its 90th anniversary with a dinner and dance at the town hall last Friday.