My second civic duty took place on June 14 when my wife Christine and I were invited to attend King’s Lynn Minster to celebrate the inauguration of the new Mayor of the Borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk - Coun Colin Manning.
As you may be aware King’s Lynn is situated in the beautiful county of Norfolk.The Grococks have previously only visited King’s Lynn for a change of shopping scene. We have never had the privilege of visiting for council work, which meant both of us were looking forward to the day, and I can assure you it did not disappoint.
The minster is not the tallest of buildings and several modern buildings have been built in close proximity so you don’t actually notice it whilst shopping.
The minster is situated in the historic surroundings of the Saturday Market Place in the heart of King’s Lynn. Founded by the first Bishop of Norwich, Herbert de Losinga, in 1101, the minster has offered a welcome to pilgrims and visitors for over 900 years.
When you go inside the minster you soon realise how grand it is and you get the feeling of its history dating back to the time of King John. King John was the monarch who appointed the first mayor of King’s Lynn and presented the king’s sword to the mayor as his symbol of office, which is still given to every present day mayors including now Coun Manning.
After the superb service which was led by the Rev Canon Christopher Ivory had concluded, guests were invited to the Guildhall for refreshments. The Guildhall is another remarkable listed building dating back to the 15th century. I was informed when her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II started her Diamond Tour of England she insisted that the tour should start from the Guildhall at King’s Lynn.
I cannot recommend highly enough visiting King’s LynnSouth Holland District Council Vice Chairman Coun Rodney Grocock
I cannot recommend highly enough visiting King’s Lynn. Your family will enjoy a wonderful sightseeing cultural day out, there are some excellent shopping facilities and the locals will give you a warm welcome.
I must now take my head out of the historic clouds for a moment and thank Coun and Mrs Manning and the good people of King’s Lynn for their kindness shown to Christine and I during this mayoralty celebration. A super day out. Thank you
Coun Rodney Grocock
South Holland District Council