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Town to switch lights off to highlight issues of climate change

PUBLISHED: 10:43 13 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:43 13 March 2018

Kings Lynn will join millions across the world to celebrate Earth Hour when the town s light shows will be switched off for one hour. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Kings Lynn will join millions across the world to celebrate Earth Hour when the town s light shows will be switched off for one hour. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Lights will be switched off in a West Norfolk town to put a spotlight on the issues of climate change and pollution.

To coincide with WWF Earth Hour on Saturday, March 24, King’s Lynn will be switching off its light shows in the town.

At 8.30pm, the illuminations on the heritage buildings, including Greyfriars Tower and Lynn Minster, will be switched off for an hour.

West Norfolk council and KLimate Concern, a group which raises awareness of climate change, are encouring businesses, organisations and families to participate by switching off their lights at the same time.

Daphne Sampson, of KLimate Concern, said: “We are proud to take part in Earth Hour and are excited to be involved in such an inspiring event. “Everyone can make a difference to help protect our planet and we all have a key role to play.

“We are delighted that the Borough Council have been so positive by taking an active role and would like to thank councillor Brian Long for his support.

“Some of the group will be going over at the Green Britain Centre by the turbine in Swaffham and enjoying good company, candlelight and vegan food.

“The Centre will be open till 10pm and there are plans to turn off a floodlight on the turbine for the hour.”

Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action.

In 2017, a record-breaking 172 countries and some of world’s most famous buildings, including Big Ben, joined the global celebration.

In the UK alone, more than 10m people took part along with over 4,800 schools, 200 landmarks and thousands of businesses and organisations.

For more information, visit wwf.org.uk/earthhour.


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