Student film-makers showcase Kings Lynn Mart

February 2, 2017 by  

Local students were last year invited to participate in a film-making course, Stories of Lynn, which explores some of the history of the local area. The result has been the production of a short film titled ‘All The Fun Of The Fair’ and tells the history of Kings Lynn Mart.

The Mart has an 800-year history and up to 500 years ago, consisted of two marts, which were very important to the town’s trading. Eventually, they joined together to become one. It is at this point that the Mart became less of a trading place and evolved into a funfair, and the Kings Lynn Mart became an annual event. It traditionally starts February 14th and runs for 14 days.

The film explores the history and traditions of the Mart, which was studied and researched by the students involved. The stories were then incorporated, with the help of a professional film-maker, into a film bringing to life the local history that the students had discovered.

After a private viewing for students, their families and local dignitaries on Sunday 5th February, the film, along with an exhibition of documents and photographs, will be available for everyone to visit until Sunday 5th March. The organisers may make use of flyers and poster printing to promote the event in the local area.