Video and photo gallery: King’s Lynn celebrates its Hanseatic past with waterfront festival
PUBLISHED: 10:09 18 May 2014 | UPDATED: 11:04 18 May 2014
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Thousands gathered in the sunshine to celebrate King’s Lynn’s Hanseatic heritage.
The Norfolk town was once part of a powerful medieval trading alliance, which helped it grow to become one of Britain’s most important ports.
Last night the Mediaeval Baebes topped the bill at a waterfront open air concert, on Common Staithe Quay.
Crowds made the most of a balmy summer evening, taking to the seating which had been arranged around the quayside.
Earlier, re-enactors in medieval costume led a parade through the town, while the Hanse House staged a medieval market.
West Norfolk council leader Nick Daubney said: “We’re so blessed by this wonderful weather, it’s created a great atmosphere.”
Lynn historian Dr Paul Richards said the town was now making more of its Hanseatic heritage, adding: “This is a wonderful way of doing it.”
Some 40 characters took part in the parade, including minstrels, a fire eater, lords and ladies.
Re-enactor Sian Howgarth, from the Black Knight Historical re-enactment group, said: “We’re all enactors who are passionate about history and love bringing it to life.” Fire eater Farren Hart, from Norwich, performed a dazzling display, using paraffin, rather than the more volatile alcohol used by his medieval counterparts - sometimes with fatal results.