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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

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.

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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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