The town’s rich and colourful Hanseatic heritage was celebrated for the 11th Hanse Festival over the weekend of 11 and 12 May 2019.
Led by the Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, the ‘Parade of Flags’, started the activities on Sunday and drew a huge crowd who joined the colourful and noisy procession from the Tuesday Market Place, through town and into King’s Staithe Square.
The procession included flag bearers from countries who are part of the Hanseatic Union and walking boats created by children from local schools.
Entertainment on the quayside included traditional Latvian dancing, the Hanse Regatta organised by King’s Lynn Coastal Rowing Club and live music from Pot of Gold Shantymen, The Shackleton Trio and Bear Club.
Children were invited to build small boats to float on the mini river.
Elsewhere, Discover Hanseatic Lynn walks took place on Saturday and lectures at Marriott’s Warehouse. A training workshop for young Hanse sailors also took place at Hanse House. In the minster churchyard there was a falconry display.
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