Sound and light show at King’s Lynn Custom House marks centenary of first Zeppelin raids on the town

Light show on the Custom House, King's Lynn, marking the centenary of the first Zeppelin raids. Pict

Light show on the Custom House, King's Lynn, marking the centenary of the first Zeppelin raids. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

One of King's Lynn's most famous landmarks, the Custom House is providing the backdrop for a sound and light show marking the centenary of the Zeppelin raids on the town.

The show, which started at 4pm yesterday, will run from 4pm until 10pm every day until Sunday, January 25.

Yesterday was the anniversary of the raid on January 19, 1915, and at 10pm, the light show drew to draw to a close with 100 red flares floating across The Wash signifying this centenary year.

On January 19, 1915 two German Zeppelins swept down the east coast.

The first strike hit Great Yarmouth, claiming two lives.


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The second of the German airships continued along the east coast, dropping bombs at Sheringham, Thornham, Brancaster, Hunstanton, Heacham and Snettisham before reaching King's Lynn at around 10.30pm, where a further two civilians, Percy Goate and Alice Maud Gazley, died.

The light show, which has been adapted from an animation courtesy of Compost Creative, was created by artist Julia Dantonnet on behalf of West Norfolk Council.

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It forms part of a week-long series of events, Zeppelin Week, organised by the West Norfolk and King's Lynn Archaeological Society.

Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk Council cabinet member, said: 'The light show, along with the talks, conferences and activities organised by West Norfolk and King's Lynn Archaeological Society, will give people the opportunity to explore this part of our history and to remember the courage and sacrifice of those involved.'

Dr Clive Bond, chairman, West Norfolk and King's Lynn Archaeological Society, said the fatal attack on Lynn on January 19, 1915 will forever be remembered by local people.

He added: 'People still talk of their fathers seeing the Zeppelin hovering menacingly above our town's streets. Zeppelin Week is for everyone, to take part, learn about, and commemorate this unique local and national story.'

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