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Hundreds attend steampunk bazaar in King’s Lynn

PUBLISHED: 17:22 15 September 2018

Hundreds of people attended the King's Lynn Steampunk Society event at the Duke's Head. Picture: Taz Ali

Hundreds of people attended the King's Lynn Steampunk Society event at the Duke's Head. Picture: Taz Ali

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Crowds of people dressed in Victorian garb adorned with skulls, jewels and clockwork designs gathered at a streampunk event in west Norfolk.

The King’s Lynn Steampunk Society hosted their first ever bazaar convivial in the town which was met with high praise.

Hundreds of people attended the event at the Duke’s Head in the Tuesday Market Place today to meet other like-minded fans or to explore more about the genre.

Steampunk is described as a style based on the Victorian era - and Wild West in the US - mixed with science fiction, portraying a Victorian’s idea of what the future would have looked like with the emergence of steam power and clockwork.

King's Lynn Steampunk Society founders Selena and Alan Lennon. Picture: Taz AliKing's Lynn Steampunk Society founders Selena and Alan Lennon. Picture: Taz Ali

Dozens of stalls at the indoor market displayed kooky items designed around the steampunk theme, with big frilly dresses, top hats, gunslinger costumes and goggles.

Organised by the King’s Lynn Steampunk Society founders Selena and Alan Lennon, the event also celebrates the society’s first birthday since it first formed in September 2017.

Mrs Lennon said: “We have been very busy, we are quite pleased it’s done so well.

The parasol duelling competitors at the King's Lynn Steampunk Society event at the Duke's Head. Picture: Taz AliThe parasol duelling competitors at the King's Lynn Steampunk Society event at the Duke's Head. Picture: Taz Ali

“We’ve had a lot of people not know what steampunk was and we’ve had some who would like to join our group, so we are pleased with how well received the event was.”

The event will continue into the night with an Evening of Vaudeville at 6.30pm, which will include a burlesque dancer, musicians and strongman.

Some steampunk enthusiasts competed in the parasol duelling tournament, in which competitors follow strict rules in pointing, opening and twirling lace parasols.

Ashley and Sue Gray at the King's Lynn Steampunk Society event at the Duke's Head. Picture: Taz AliAshley and Sue Gray at the King's Lynn Steampunk Society event at the Duke's Head. Picture: Taz Ali

A slightly underdressed Sean Czechowicz, 26, from King’s Lynn, came out as the winner.

“I literally didn’t know what it was before I got here,” he said. “I’m very proud that I’ve won.”

Stallholders Rebecca Southwell-Collins and Paul Smith travelled from Cambridgeshire to attend the event with their handmade steampunk-inspired jewellery from their shop Compendium.

The parasol duelling tournament winner Sean Czechowicz at the King's Lynn Steampunk Society event at the Duke's Head. Picture: Taz AliThe parasol duelling tournament winner Sean Czechowicz at the King's Lynn Steampunk Society event at the Duke's Head. Picture: Taz Ali

“We have always had a love for steampunk,” said Miss Southwell-Collins. “We have a passion for making things and with this being a local event it’s a brilliant place to show what we do.
“For the first event it has been phenomenal.”

Paul Smith and Rebecca Southwell-Collins at the King's Lynn Steampunk Society event at the Duke's Head. Picture: Taz AliPaul Smith and Rebecca Southwell-Collins at the King's Lynn Steampunk Society event at the Duke's Head. Picture: Taz Ali

Paul and Anne Hill at the King's Lynn Steampunk Society event at the Duke's Head. Picture: Taz AliPaul and Anne Hill at the King's Lynn Steampunk Society event at the Duke's Head. Picture: Taz Ali

Hundreds of people attended the first ever King's Lynn Steampunk Society event at the Duke's Head. Picture: Taz AliHundreds of people attended the first ever King's Lynn Steampunk Society event at the Duke's Head. Picture: Taz Ali

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