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Former bank could be transformed into heritage centre

PUBLISHED: 10:50 07 April 2019 | UPDATED: 13:02 08 April 2019

The former Natwest Bank on Greevegate, Hunstanton, which could be turned into a heritage centre  Picture: Chris Bishop

The former Natwest Bank on Greevegate, Hunstanton, which could be turned into a heritage centre Picture: Chris Bishop

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A disused bank in West Norfolk could be turned into a heritage centre highlighting a town’s history.

Inside the former heritage centre in Hunstanton   Picture: Chris BishopInside the former heritage centre in Hunstanton Picture: Chris Bishop

A disused bank could be turned into a heritage centre highlighting a town’s history.

Hunstanton Heritage Centre was opened six years ago at number 15, the Green next to the Princess Theatre.

But it needed a new home after the premises was sole by its owners.

Now Hunstanton Civic Society has applied to convert a former bank it has been given by a well-wisher.

Civic Society chairman John Maiden said: “We had an arrangement with a couple who owned the old building, but when he passed away it became to much for his wife so she sold the building.

“It so happened that the old bank was on the market and a member of ours stepped in and acquired the building as an investment.”

The new building is bigger which will mean even more displays and has been featured on the BBC Radio show ‘hidden treasures’ with the societies treasures being aptly hidden in the vault.

Mr Maiden said: “Lots of work still needs to be done to change the building from a bank to the heritage centre, but our volunteers are working around the clock to get it finished.

“We get people from all over the country coming to Hunstanton just to see the heritage centre, so its important that we keep it in the town.”

The old NatWest Bank on the corner of Greevegate and Northgate could be opened as early as the end of the month. It will boast displays on the history of the town including its construction, the coming and going of the railway and the 1953 flood.

The Hunstanton Heritage Centre opened its doors to the public on August 3, 2013 and has since welcomed around 10,000 people through its doors each year, with 40,000 recorded by August 2017.

The centre is open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and Bank Holidays from 1-5pm during the summer months and is manned by volunteers.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer at the centre? Contact Sheila and Stephen Kent on 01485 534200 or email treasurer@hunstantoncivicsociety.org.uk.



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