King’s Lynn Festival 2017 hailed a success by organisers and audiences alike
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The 67th King's Lynn Festival proved a monumental success as visitors travelled from all over the world to get a taste of what the festival had to offer.
It ended on a high note on Saturday, July 29 with a sell-out performance by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Chairman Alison Croose said the two-week feast of music and the arts has been acclaimed by audiences for the quality and breadth of its programme.
'People have even said it is the best we have staged.' She added.
'We invested in a high calibre programme offering something for everyone and had to set an ambitious box office target.
'We were rewarded with events which attracted very large audiences and plenty of sell-outs.'
She said the festival boosted the region's tourism industry and maintained King's Lynn's reputation as a festival town.
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Festival goers travelled from as far as the US, the Netherlands and Scandinavia to join regular ticket buyers from all over the UK.
Artistic director Ambrose Miller said: 'It has been a wonderful festival and absolutely top quality. We are certainly among the leading festivals in the country.'
Organisers said one feature of the festival which proved a particular success, bringing many visitors to Lynn, was the exhibition of work by Alfred Wallis loaned in a new partnership with Kettle's Yard, part of Cambridge University.
Mrs Croose thanked the borough and county councils for their support which she said was 'critical to the festival's survival'.
She thanked businesses and private sponsors who helped the festival maintain its tradition of quality and paid tribute to the army of volunteers for their sterling support.
West Norfolk mayor Carol Bower praised the festival's quality and congratulated the organisers on staging such an exciting and successful event.
Next year's festival dates are July 15-28 but in the interim there will be concerts, talks and films during the autumn winter and spring.