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Video and photo gallery: King’s Lynn celebrates its Hanseatic past with waterfront festival

10:09 18 May 2014

The Mediæval Bæbes performing at The Hanse Day concert on King Staithe Square, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Mediæval Bæbes performing at The Hanse Day concert on King Staithe Square, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

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Thousands gathered in the sunshine to celebrate King’s Lynn’s Hanseatic heritage.

The Mediæval Bæbes performing at The Hanse Day concert on King Staithe Square, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian BurtThe Mediæval Bæbes performing at The Hanse Day concert on King Staithe Square, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

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.

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