Flashback to previous Hanseatic festival celebrations.

Community groups, schools and businesses are being asked to join in next month’s King’s Lynn Hanse Festival.

The town will celebrate its past and present membership of the Hanseatic League and its maritime history with a day of parades, music, film and events on Sunday, May 20.

The organisers are looking for community groups and schools to take part in the parade and carry flags to represent different countries.

Businesses have also been asked to offer their services or sponsorship to help make the day a success.

The festival will start at 10.30am with the flags parade from the Tuesday Market Place to Hanse House at South Quay.

There will be a rowing race and a royal regatta on the River Great Ouse with music from local and international performers at the quay.

There will also be activities for children around the town including a treasure trail, a rampage of pirates and the chance to shop in a recreated Hanseatic shop.

The clocks will be turned back to a medieval market around Purfleet and High Street. Performers, music and dancing groups will roam throughout the town and perform on a stage at King’s Staithe Square.

Archive footage of the town’s maritime past will be screened in the town hall and there will be walks and tours.

There will also be a concert on Saturday, May 19 at the town’s historic St Nicholas’ Chapel featuring the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra.

The festival will mark the start of the town’s season of festival and celebration events which continue throughout the year.

To get involved in the parade or to offer sponsorship call Gary Pooley at Steele Media on 01553 886388 or see www,hanse-festival.co.uk/register