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Dodging the rain on the dodgems as King’s Lynn Mart opens

10:31 15 February 2014

West Norfolk Mayor Liz Watson on the gallopers at the opening of the King

West Norfolk Mayor Liz Watson on the gallopers at the opening of the King's Lynn Mart 2014. Picture: Matthew Usher.

© Archant Norfolk 2014

Dignitaries took to the dodgems after the traditional opening of the King’s Lynn Mart.

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The mace bearer stand in front of the dodgems for the opening of the King's Lynn Mart 2014. Picture: Matthew Usher.The mace bearer stand in front of the dodgems for the opening of the King's Lynn Mart 2014. Picture: Matthew Usher.

As the rain tipped down on the Tuesday Market Place Ray Harding, chief executive of West Norfolk council, read the Mart Proclamation.

Then the Bishop of Lynn, the Right Revd Jonathan Meyrick, blessed the fair, before West Norfolk Mayor Elizabeth Watson declared it open.

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Mrs Watson said she hoped the weather would “stay reasonable” and how she used to love the funfair when she was a child.

She said: “I remember eagerly awaiting the for the fair to arrive, to see the exciting bright lights. “I also remember taking my children. And I am thrilled to see the gallopers here, a real reminder of my childhood.”

After the speeches, in keeping with tradition, the digantries took to the dodgems.

Mr Bellingham, who was sharing a car with the Bishop of Kings Lynn said he struggled a bit with the car. He said “I couldn’t quite get it to go.”

The Mayor also went on the carousel, which has made a return after four years.

She said: “It was brilliant, although I did did skid around in my satin gown.”

Several members of the party, including the Bishop, MP Henry Bellingham, Lord Romney and chaplain to the Showmans Guild, the Revd Canon Simon Stokes, braved the Mart’s latest ride, the 140ft-high Altitude, to raise £100 for the charity Red Wellies.

Onlookers watched in amazement as the bishops’ gown flapped around high up in the cold wind.

Mr Bellingham is no stranger to the rollacoaster of politics, but admitted: “I feel rather queasy now. I don’t think I can eat my lunch.”

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