Fun in the sun to celebrate King’s Lynn’s Hanse Festival. Picture: Ian Burt

King’s Lynn’s trading history was celebrated at the town’s Hanse Festival.

There was traditional dancing, live music, children’s activities and a flag parade last Sunday representing the countries which make up the Hanseatic League – a historic and powerful trading alliance which began in Germany in the 13th century and dominated Baltic and North Sea trade for three centuries. 

The alliance brought wealth and prosperity to King’s Lynn, as it became one of the league’s main UK ports. 

Graham Middleton, deputy leader and cabinet member for business, culture and heritage at West Norfolk Council, said: “The sun was shining and the crowd flocked to see the parade of flags through town and the entertainment on stage in King’s Staithe Square.

“I would like to thank King’s Lynn Hanse Group, Wells and King’s Lynn Coastal Rowing Club, Stories of Lynn, King’s Lynn Town Guides, the teams at the Minster, Hanse House, Marriott’s Warehouse, Clifton House Tower and The Place for making this a great event again and for encouraging people to visit King’s Lynn and enjoy what the town has to offer.”

Nick Daubney, chairperson of King’s Lynn Hanse Group, added: “Everybody I met enjoyed themselves thoroughly and we’ve done King’s Lynn proud. It was important to celebrate our friendship and links with towns and cities all over Northern Europe.

“King’s Lynn has an amazing history with the Hanseatic League and we were the first English member of the new Hanse back in 2005. I thank everyone who made the event a success once again.”

The new Hanseatic League was created in 1980 to keep the spirit of the original league alive in terms of a social and cultural alliance. It consists of 192 cities across 16 countries. 

It is hoped that membership of the Hanse (which is free) will help with international networking, raising awareness of King’s Lynn across the member countries and increase overall recognition, both locally and further afield, of this important facet of the town’s rich heritage.