The Hanse Festival flag parade at the Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn, on its way through the town. Picture: Paul Tibbs

The sun shone on King’s Lynn’s Hanse Festival on Sunday.

Thousands of people visited the event which started with a parade of flags from the countries which form the new Hanse – an active network of towns and cities across Europe, which historically belonged to the association of merchant towns known as the Hanseatic League.

A rowing race and regatta were held on the River Great Ouse and musical performances were enjoyed by crowds at South Quay.

A medieval market was held in the High Street with a treasure trail in the town centre and a pirates and knights living history tour.

Hanse House was transformed into a medieval trading post where visitors could mint a coin, make a badge, meet the knights, see the falcons and do some medieval shopping.

There was also a rare chance to visit Clifton House – a Grade 1 listed medieval tower where Hanseatic merchants looked out to see their ships returning.

Other events, including concerts, walks, talks and film-showings were held  over the weekend.

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