Councillors Charles Joyce, left, and Alexandra Kemp, right, with Tudor characters Dayna Woolbright, Rachel Duffield and Rachael Williams. Picture: Ian Burt

Families were whisked back to Tudor times at a free drop-in event at South Lynn Community Centre.

Last Sunday’s fun day was made possible by ward councillors Charles Joyce and Alexandra Kemp, with a contribution from their Councillor Community Grant Scheme.

Ms Kemp, ward member for South and West Lynn, said: “Tudor Day was a triumph. It was wonderful to see hundreds of local families at the community centre here in South Lynn, enjoying an action-packed day bringing the community together. 

“Children have been writing with feather quill pens, colouring and decorating craft crowns to take home, playing Noughts and Crosses on a giant board using “tree stumps” as counters, competing in  hobby horse jousting on a special racecourse, finding out how a Tudor watering can works, learning about Tudor herbs in the sensory herb garden, listening to stories and tasting Tudor treats.”

Children  met characters from history,  including Anne Boleyn and her daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, played by Dayna Woolbright and Rachel Duffield from the Norfolk Museum Service.

“There was even a copy of the King John Charter, that gave Lynn the right to govern itself. And the Charter given to Lynn by Queen Mary I, Queen Elizabeth’s sister, in 1557, that made South Lynn part of the borough.

Mr Joyce, also ward member for South and West Lynn, added: “This is an excellent example of how the Community Grant Scheme can make a difference to residents in our ward. 

“Many local families from South Lynn and beyond have come to visit this free family event. I thank Rachael Williams, Dayna Woolbright and Rachel Duffield from Norfolk Museums Service for organising this with their Kick the Dust team.”

As  part of the grant scheme, ward members have £1,000 each to spend and councillors Kemp and Joyce paid £600 each towards the Tudor event.