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Brollies and smiles at King’s Lynn Lions’ Diamond Jubilee fun day

19:23 03 June 2012

The opening parade at the Lions fun day in The Walks, King

The opening parade at the Lions fun day in The Walks, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

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It was brollies and bunting as far as the eye could see when King’s Lynn Lions launched their annual family fun day in The Walks.

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The historic town centre park is packed with games, stalls and activities and hundreds of people of all ages braved the wet weather to attend the opening at noon today (Sunday).

A parade lead by the colourful Ambassadors of Borrowash Showband and West Norfolk mayor Geoffrey Wareham saw more than 300 members of local uniformed organisations including Scouts and Sea Cadets wind their way through The Walks.

The fun day, now in its 14th year, has been hit by bad weather in previous years, but the organisers always carry on - and keep smiling.

“There’s a fantastic atmosphere,” said Lion Gerry Tann. “It’s all about bringing the community together and helping other people.

“About four stands didn’t turn up for whatever reason, but everyone else has come. There must be 30 different charities here today raising money.

“As well as celebrating the Diamond Jubilee, this year is the King’s Lynn Lions’ 40th anniversary.”

Attractions include a fun dog show in the main arena, live music, children’s inflatables and a motorbike stunt display (weather permitting) as well as an array of refreshment stands including home made cakes and the Lions own barbecue van.

The fun day, held in partnership with West Norfolk Council, also coincided with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 when about 3,000 people joined the party.

All the money raised will go towards the Lions’ work in the community.

The event will run until 5pm this afternoon and entry is free.

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