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