Festival of Angels helps King’s Lynn chapel secure Lottery cash

St Nicholas' Chapel is home to a host of creations by Norfolk groups and businesses for weekend event

A host of angels will be helping save an historic building in King's Lynn this weekend.

Almost 100 hand-crafted angels will adorn St Nicholas' Chapel for a special festival.

There will also be angel-related activities and stalls throughout the event, which has been organised by the Friends of St Nicholas'.

Angels have been specially created by individuals, companies and organisations for the event.

The chapel, on St Ann's Street, is at the centre of a major restoration programme and fundraisers have been working hard to secure a �1.5m Lottery grant. The Friends of St Nicholas' Chapel is working with the community to raise �210,000 needed to secure the Lottery money.

The chapel, which is more than 600 years old, is owned by the Churches Conservation Trust and the project was launched by chairman Loyd Grossman earlier this year.

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'You can touch a living part of the Middle Ages and it is very evocative. It really brings home that in the 1400s King's Lynn was a very important part of the international map and we want to give people a tremendous sense of local pride in that,' he said.

The �1.5m project will include �800,000 to re-roof the nave and south aisle while adding insulation.

A further �130,000 is needed to provide toilets and a kitchenette area, while �120,000 will provide a heating system and �30,000 will light the carved angels in the ceiling.

The festival is open tomorrow and Sunday from 11am to 6pm and admission is �3.50 with accompanied under-16s free.


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