Pictures capture King’s Lynn celebrating trading heritage at Hanse Festival

Fireworks above King's Lynn as part of the Hanse Festival 2017. Picture: Matthew Usher

Fireworks above King's Lynn as part of the Hanse Festival 2017. Picture: Matthew Usher - Credit: Archant

King's Lynn celebrated its proud trading heritage by holding its 12th annual Hanse Festival.

The Hanse Festival, King's Lynn, 2017. Picture: Matthew Usher

The Hanse Festival, King's Lynn, 2017. Picture: Matthew Usher - Credit: Archant

The community turned out to enjoy a range of activities celebrating the town's link with the Hanseatic League - a trading alliance connecting North Sea ports.

There was Medieval dancing in Stone Hall at the town hall, live music and creative activities for youngsters, which included making a cardboard Hanse ship.

The Hanse Festival, King's Lynn, 2017. Picture: Matthew Usher

The Hanse Festival, King's Lynn, 2017. Picture: Matthew Usher - Credit: Archant


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Bands played at King's Staithe Square until 10pm on Saturday night before a fireworks display.

Nick Daubney, English Commissioner to the Hanseatic League and King's Lynn and West Norfolk councillor, said: 'It is about celebrating our Hanseatic tradition.

Medieval dancing at the King's Lynn Hanse Festival, Picture: Matthew Usher

Medieval dancing at the King's Lynn Hanse Festival, Picture: Matthew Usher - Credit: Archant

'I think it has been very successful. There has been many events which centred around live performances which have been very popular.

'It has been packed with people enjoying the music.'

The Hanse Festival, King's Lynn, 2017. Picture: Matthew Usher

The Hanse Festival, King's Lynn, 2017. Picture: Matthew Usher - Credit: Archant

The Hanse flag flying at Custom House, King's Lynn. Picture: Joanne Smith

The Hanse flag flying at Custom House, King's Lynn. Picture: Joanne Smith - Credit: Archant

Medieval dancing at the Hanse Festival. Picture: Joanne Smith

Medieval dancing at the Hanse Festival. Picture: Joanne Smith - Credit: Archant

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