Marshalls set to patrol as Mart returns to King’s Lynn

The Mart in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Mart in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Marshalls will again be patrolling the streets around King's Lynn Mart, as the fair gets under way on Friday.

As rides begin to arrive on the Tuesday Market Place, the fair's chief steward said it would be business as usual despite a major refurbishment which has seen parts of the square paved ready for cafe seating.

Stewards are part of safety measures put in place after a toddler died near the fair two years ago.

Rio Bell, aged two, was hit by a car at the junction between the market place and King Street.

A pedestrian crossing has now been installed in the spot. West Norfolk council said marshalls would patrol the area.

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'As part of their duties they will monitor the pelican crossing points,' she said. 'But they have not been employed to provide a crossing service.'

Donald Gray, the Mart's chief steward, said the refurbishment of the square, which has seen areas paved ready for outdoor seating, would not affect the fair.

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'Everything will fit in exactly,' he said. 'I have got to compliment the council, they have done a great job on the market place.'

The council said talks were still in progress for next year's Mart - meaning a move to another site has not been ruled out.

This year's event will be officially opened on Friday, with the traditional proclamation before the mayors of neighbouring boroughs and other dignitaries take to the dodgems. Children's Day, when rides are half price, will be on Monday, February 17. Mr Gray said marshalls would be 'dotted about' the fairground, which this year includes the return of a traditional carousel.

Rides began arriving last night. Lynn will lose 225 car parking spaces over the next two weeks, while the fair is in town. But the council said there would be enough room in its other 16 car parks.

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