Final farewell for King’s Lynn Arts Centre

The King's Lynn Arts Centre closes is doors after 60 years - The team at the Arts Centre with Liz Fa

The King's Lynn Arts Centre closes is doors after 60 years - The team at the Arts Centre with Liz Falconbridge (front right). Picture: Matthew Usher.

More than 200 people gathered to say goodbye to a west Norfolk arts centre after it was forced to shut its doors after 65 years.

The King's Lynn Arts Centre closes is doors after 60 years - People in the Shakespear Gallery. Pictu

The King's Lynn Arts Centre closes is doors after 60 years - People in the Shakespear Gallery. Picture: Matthew Usher.

King's Lynn Arts Centre held a final farewell on Saturday after it was announced in December it was to close due to financial reasons and all its staff were made redundant.

To mark more than half a century of work in the community visitors were able to browse a vast time line decorating the gallery walls, created from the centre's archives.

The art centre's director Liz Falconbridge, who worked at the community hub for 25 years, said: 'It was incredible really. Over 250 people turned up throughout the day, buzzing around in all the spaces. There was a great sense of sadness and quite a lot of disbelief that it happened.

'I have never not wanted to go to work in the morning because I have had such an exciting and invigorating working life. It was a terrific privilege.'

The gallery space - which host events, educational workshops and exhibitions - was threatened with closure in 2012 because of council cash cuts but was relaunched as an independent Charitable Trust.

There were five members of staff as well as a number of student volunteers who oversaw its programmes. 'I have worked with these great young people and they are phenomenal. I hope they well all get really positions somewhere,' said Ms Falconbridge, who added she did yet know where her own career would take her next.

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