King’s Lynn shopping centre offers platform to performers

Choirs, bands and schools are being invited to show off their talents and entertain shoppers in King's Lynn in the run-up to Christmas.

Choirs, bands and schools are being invited to show off their talents and entertain shoppers in King's Lynn in the run-up to Christmas.

The Vancouver Quarter is hosting a grand bandstand for a month to give people the chance to perform on a stage while creating a welcoming atmosphere in the heart of Lynn.

Local band Jessie's Ghost will kick off the month-long entertainment at the bandstand in Baxter's Plain next Thursday shortly before the Christmas lights switch-on.

Abbie Panks, marketing manager at the Vancouver Quarter, said: 'We decided to have this bandstand because we wanted to do something a bit different in the Vancouver Quarter in the run-up to Christmas this year.

'We also frequently get inquiries at this time of year from different groups asking if they can perform here, so giving them a dedicated performance space for the festive period seemed the logical thing to do.

'We are looking for schools, clubs, societies, bands, choirs, storytellers, face-painters and balloon modellers to come along and perform between 9am and 6pm until December 24.

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'This could also be an ideal opportunity for groups and clubs to raise funds and awareness for their chosen charity or project.

'All that is needed to secure a slot on the bandstand is to get in touch and tell us when you want to use it.'

She added: 'We already have a few bands, groups and schools lined up and it is going to create a fantastic ambience in the town.'

The shopping destination is named after Captain George Vancouver – one of Britain's greatest explorers and navigators, who was born and lived on New Conduit Street.

X Factor finalist Johnny Robinson and actress Letitia Dean, who is starring in this year's pantomime at the Corn Exchange, will turn on the town's lights at 7pm on the Tuesday Market Place.

A number of dates and times are still available and can be secured by calling 01553 819901 or by emailing info@vancouverquarter.com.

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