For a period of two weeks each year, starting on February 14 Valentines Day, the Tuesday Market Place in King's Lynn pulsates with the sound of loud music, screaming youngsters and whirling machines.
Traditionally, this is the first funfair in the Showmen’s calendar where new rides are tried out and old favourites brought out from winter storage.
500 years ago, Lynn had two marts and these were important trading fairs which would attract visitors from as far afield as Italy and Germany. Over the years trading fairs became less important and the Mart’s nature changed from a trading fair to a funfair. It also became an annual event.
The Mart is also a memorial to the great work of Frederick Savage, who worked in partnership with the Showmen’s Guild to develop new rides. Mr Savage lived in Lynn, and pioneered the application of steam power to fairground barrel organs and went on to develop a unique industry manufacturing power-driven roundabouts, swings and joy-wheels.
In the 1870′s he founded St Nicholas ironworks on what is now St Nicholas Retail Park off John Kennedy Road.
There that's the history lesson, this image was taken at this years Mart, my wife, a few of our friends and yours truly headed into town to get some shots of the fun fair lights. This shot is probably my favourite of the lights I took.
Luckily for me the end of our photo walk was not the end of our evening, we wrapped up our night with a meal at a local curry house.