King’s Lynn’s historic Mart will be back in town next month for the first time since the pandemic began.
Organisers of the fair, traditionally held every February, said they are delighted to be “back where they belong”.
And the good news doesn’t stop there, with the return of Festival Too bringing free live music and entertainment to Lynn again this summer.
The festival will kick-off with the traditional ceremony and performances in King’s Staithe Square, before two weekends of live music and entertainment in the Tuesday Market Place.
Alan Taylor, managing director of Your Local Paper and member of the Festival Too committee, said: “The return of Festival Too is fantastic news for the town.
“This year it kicks off with the live music launch in King Staithe Square on Saturday, June 26, followed by the next two Friday and Saturdays in the Tuesday Market Place.
“It is perfect timing with us all hopefully being able to put the pandemic behind us and enjoy the fun of the festival.”
Lawrence “Nipper” Appleton, from the Showmen’s Guild, said he was glad the long wait was almost over for the return of the much-missed Mart.
“We are over the moon to finally be back in King’s Lynn, with the ancient, old traditions of the first Royal charter and the procession opening,” he said.
“It is the start of the Showmen’s Guild’s season so Lynn is a special place to us and it gives us a real buzz to be back.”
Fairground-goers will be delighted to hear they will get an extra two days of fun this year.
The Mart’s traditional ceremonial opening on Valentine’s Day will take place two days earlier on Saturday, February 12, because both the Showmen’s Guild and West Norfolk Council agreed it was a good opportunity to have an extra weekend of entertainment for the town.
Mr Appleton said the usual favourites will be back, such as the dodgems and waltzers, plus white-knuckle rides like Big Bomber and Freak Out.
There will also be new rides for younger children as well as stalls and games like hook-a-duck.
“It will be good to have people in town, with some atmosphere and music,” he added.
“We really hope people will come out and enjoy the fun of the fair this year.”
The fair will be open every day, except Sundays, until Saturday, February 26.
The traditional children’s day will be held on Monday, February 14.
Council leader Stuart Dark added: “The Mart is the first of many great events being held in West Norfolk this year.
“When it returns each February it attracts thousands of people to King’s Lynn town centre, it entertains and excites them.
“It is also the start of an exciting events season in West Norfolk that includes local Platinum Jubilee activities this year as well as the return of Festival Too.”
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