King's Lynn Festival move offices...
King’s Lynn Festival has moved its office back to the range of historic buildings where the festival began in 1951.
The internationally-renowned annual feast of music and the arts – staged for two weeks every July – is now based in offices at the Fermoy Gallery adjacent to St George’s Guildhall in King Street.
The festival was started and established by Ruth Lady Fermoy to celebrate the restoration of the 15th century Guildhall – the largest surviving Medieval guildhall in Britain. Subsequently Lady Fermoy and her family restored and refurbished the gallery in the complex in memory of her husband, Lord Fermoy, who was MP and Mayor of Lynn.
The Guildhall and surrounding buildings are owned by the National Trust but are in the care of West Norfolk Borough Council who are currently planning refurbishment and modernisation of the Guildhall and adjacent buildings in order to increase their use.
Festival chairman Alison Croose said: “We are delighted to work with the council in order to move our offices back to where the festival began.”
As part of the arrangement the festival will also manage bookings for the gallery spaces in the Guildhall complex which can be used for a variety of arts, corporate and community activities. Any individual or organisation interested in hiring any of the spaces can call the festival office at 01553-767557, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk
Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council cabinet members for culture, heritage and health, said: “This is an ideal arrangement. There is a natural synergy between King’s Lynn Festival and the Guildhall complex. Having a presence on site, managing the gallery bookings, will encourage more usage while we work on proposals for the overall complex.”
The Festival’s new address is: Fermoy Gallery, King Street, King’s Lynn PE30 1HA.