New Chairman appointed at King's Lynn Festival
Long-term chairman of the King's Lynn Festival board of trustees, Alison Croose has stepped down and Adrian Parker has been elected to succeed her.
Adrian has been a Vice-chairman of the Board since 2014, and also led the Friend of St Nicholas’ Chapel until 2022. He came to King’s Lynn from Suffolk in 1986 to be the Borough Planning Officer for the Council, and after 2002 became a development consultant for 15 years.
Adrian said on his appointment “I am honoured to become the Chairman of the King’s Lynn Festival, only the fifth since 1998. The Festival brings year-round concerts, talks and films in addition to its two-week programme of music and exhibitions in July, and I shall continue our aim to bring the best performers to enrich our audiences’ lives. The Festival puts King’s Lynn on the map, attracting people from far beyond West Norfolk, and supporting our local economy by an estimated £75,000.”
“Alison has been a part of the Festival Board for 25 years, and in her 11 years as chairman she has overseen huge changes in the Festival programme, extending it to an all-year series of concerts, lectures, and school events. She was brought up in Lynn and pursued her professional life here, known to so many people as a local journalist. She is committed to the success of King’s Lynn Festival, and we thank her most warmly for guiding us through these challenging years. We are all very pleased she remains as a Board member.”