High Sheriff is delighted by tales of Lynn’s maritime past

Lady Leicester High Sheriff of Norfolk on a tour of True's Yard with (L) Sir Jeremy Bagge and Dr Pau

Lady Leicester High Sheriff of Norfolk on a tour of True's Yard with (L) Sir Jeremy Bagge and Dr Paul Richards. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

The High Sheriff of Norfolk has paid a visit to one of King's Lynn's favourite heritage sites.

The Countess of Leicester, who lives on the Holkham estate, visited the True's Yard maritime museum where she was joined by former high sheriff Sir Jeremy Bagge.

Lady Leicester was given a tour of the heritage site by Paul Richards, chairman of trustees, and was delighted to hear his tales of the Old North End.

Opened in 1991, the museum has preserved part of Lynn's long maritime history and over the years has seen a number of extensions to the site.

Lady Leicester said: 'This is my first visit to True's Yard but it is going to be one of many. It is a real gem.

'It is fascinating historically – and particularly with the eagerness and knowledge of Dr Paul Richards.

'As always these things could not be run without the efforts of so many volunteers. There are so many organisations like this that would not exist if it wasn't for volunteers in Norfolk.

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'It is very interesting to learn how much your county is supported by some people's generosity.

'I am very much enjoying being high sheriff and travelling all over Norfolk.

'I am supporting the Hospice at Home scheme which is part of Tapping House.

'Hospice at Home aims to bring medical nurses and carers to peoples' homes at the end of their life so that they can die at their home.

'I think it is a very good cause as most of us would like to die at home with our family around us.'

Lady Leicester was particularly delighted by the scale models of Lynn on display at the museum, which were built by Frederick Hall.

Dr Richards said: 'It was a pleasure to take around someone as eager as Lady Leicester.

'She was very pleased and so enthusiastic.

'If you come to True's Yard for the first time it is a really amazing piece of England's heritage.'

True's Yard, on the corner of North Street and St Ann's Street, was first opened in 1991 and is open between 10am until 4pm from Tuesday to Saturday.