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In Pictures: Celebrating 10 years since Palm Paper came to Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 06:58 17 September 2019 | UPDATED: 08:16 17 September 2019

Dr Wolfgang Palm outside the factory as it begins to take shape in 2008  Picture: Matthew Usher

Dr Wolfgang Palm outside the factory as it begins to take shape in 2008 Picture: Matthew Usher

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Ten years ago, a Norfolk town's skyline changed forever as the biggest building project it had ever seen got under way.

Work under way on the site in 2008  Picture: Ian BurtWork under way on the site in 2008 Picture: Ian Burt

Palm Paper's giant mill was completed in little over a year after the bulldozers moved into the site of what was once King's Lynn's sugar factory.

As the company celebrates the 10th anniversary of its expansion into the UK we look back at its arrival on the scene.

Ground breaking ceremony on the world's biggest paper mill being built next to King's Lynn Power Station. Pictured: (R) Dr Wolfgang Palm (Head of Palm Paper) during the sod cutting ceremony. Also pictured are (3rd right) Nick Daubney (West Norfolk Council Leader) and (2nd right) Borough Mayor Kathy Mellish with other invited guests  Picture: Ian BurtGround breaking ceremony on the world's biggest paper mill being built next to King's Lynn Power Station. Pictured: (R) Dr Wolfgang Palm (Head of Palm Paper) during the sod cutting ceremony. Also pictured are (3rd right) Nick Daubney (West Norfolk Council Leader) and (2nd right) Borough Mayor Kathy Mellish with other invited guests Picture: Ian Burt

Dr Wolfgang Palm, director of the family-owned german business, said he decided he would build a mill in Lynn because he had received such a friendly welcome in the town.

At the time, the £400m mill was the biggest investment seen in the region for a generation.

Giant dump trucks at work on the former sugar factory site  Picture: Ian BurtGiant dump trucks at work on the former sugar factory site Picture: Ian Burt

Nick Daubney, then leader of West Norfolk council, said it restored Lynn's position as a major international trading town.

Great pilings show the scale of the building  Picture:  Ian BurtGreat pilings show the scale of the building Picture: Ian Burt

Looking up the river from the roof of a quayside property, where the giant mill takes shape in the background  Picture: Ian BurtLooking up the river from the roof of a quayside property, where the giant mill takes shape in the background Picture: Ian Burt

Giant cranes at work  Picture: Ian BurtGiant cranes at work Picture: Ian Burt

Processing tanks installed at the plant in 2009  Picture: Matthew UsherProcessing tanks installed at the plant in 2009 Picture: Matthew Usher

The Queen meets employees as she visits Palm Paper to perform the official opening  Picture: PA Archive/PA ImagesThe Queen meets employees as she visits Palm Paper to perform the official opening Picture: PA Archive/PA Images

The plant brought abnomral loads to the roads as materials were taken from Lynn docks to the site  Picture: Angela SharpeThe plant brought abnomral loads to the roads as materials were taken from Lynn docks to the site Picture: Angela Sharpe

Massive machinery inches through the lights at Wootton Gap  Picture: Angela SharpeMassive machinery inches through the lights at Wootton Gap Picture: Angela Sharpe

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