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Ten things you might not know about King’s Lynn Mart

PUBLISHED: 14:46 12 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:46 12 February 2018

The Mart is being set up on the Tuesday Market Place in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Mart is being set up on the Tuesday Market Place in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

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The Mart’s back in King’s Lynn - here are 10 things you might not know about it.

The Mart is being set up on the Tuesday Market Place in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt The Mart is being set up on the Tuesday Market Place in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

1/ The Mart has been pitching up in the centre of King’s Lynn for more than 800 years.

2/ It was granted a Royal charter by King Henry VIII in 1537.

3/ Each year the Mart traditionally opens on Valentine’s Day.

4/ The fair marks the start of the travelling season for fairground families, many of whom have been working at the Mart for generations.

The Mart is being set up on the Tuesday Market Place in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt The Mart is being set up on the Tuesday Market Place in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

5/ Locals have a saying - Mart weather - for the February cold snap which often sees rides being set up in the snow.

6/ The Tuesday Market Place is a stone’s throw from North Lynn, where fairground rides such as the famous gallopers were built at Frederick Savage’s ironworks.

7/ In the 19th Century, Savage would showcase his latest rides at the Mart.

8/ In 1897, Randall Williams became the first showman to display moving pictures at the Mart.

9/ Before the fair is officially opened by West Norfolk Mayor Carol Bower on Wednesday, it will be blessed by the Bishop of Lynn.

10/ When it finishes in Lynn, the Mart traditionally moves a few miles up the road to Wisbech.

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