‘Eclectic’ Norwich Lane Summer Fayre to return for 2017 after it was cancelled last year

The Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre will return this year. Picture: SIMON FINLAY

The Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre will return this year. Picture: SIMON FINLAY - Credit: Archant Norfolk

The streets, alleyways and courtyards of one of Norwich's most historic areas will see the return of a popular summer fayre this year - after plans were pulled last year due to lack of funding.

The Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre will return this year. Picture: SIMON FINLAY

The Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre will return this year. Picture: SIMON FINLAY - Credit: Archant Norfolk

The Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre started in 2008, with the feel of a small village fete. But it soon grew to attract crowds of more than 15,000 people.

Last year organisers The Norwich Lanes Association were forced to pull the event due to lack of funding but they are determined to bounce back in style after receiving overwhelming public support on social media.

This year's fayre will take place on Sunday, July 9 and will coincide with the city's Lord Mayor's Celebration and cap off a whole weekend of events.

As well as the usual favourites such as the St Benedict's Street Market, live music on the main stage on St Gregory's Green, art trails with workshops, and pop-up DJ booths, this year's fayre is looking to utilise more space than ever before and organisers are in talks with local business owners with a view to expand.

The Norwich Lanes are home to well over 300 independent retailers, restaurants and bars, many of whom will be involved in some way on the day.

The first new addition for 2017 is a sunrise disco at Norwich Arts Centre which will start at 6am and is aptly called The Crack of Dawn.

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The full programme of events will be completed and published in June.

Organisers said they are still keen to find additional sponsors and would also like to hear from potential bands, stall holders, performers and volunteers.

Festival producer, Lauren Gregory, said: 'It's such a great eclectic community event and it was sorely missed by everybody last year.'

Christian Motta, co-owner of the Grosvenor Fish Bar added: 'This event is so very special and brings the whole Lanes community together for the day. It showcases everything that is good about the area and from a traders point of view, is one of the busiest and best days of the year'.

Anyone interested in being involved in the fayre, contact organisers on info@norwichlanes.co.uk

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