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Growing support for new event which celebrates why this Norfolk town is so special

PUBLISHED: 06:31 27 February 2019 | UPDATED: 06:44 27 February 2019

The view of Fakenham town centre from the tower of the parish church. Photo: IAN BURT

The view of Fakenham town centre from the tower of the parish church. Photo: IAN BURT

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A new event which aims to promote and celebrate everything good about Fakenham is rapidly gaining support.

Staff from Fakenham based emergency lighting designer and manufacturer P4, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, will attend the Fakenham Fayre. Picture: Supplied by Emma RainesStaff from Fakenham based emergency lighting designer and manufacturer P4, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, will attend the Fakenham Fayre. Picture: Supplied by Emma Raines

The first Fakenham Fayre will see businesses, sports clubs, schools, emergency services and other organisations come together in the town centre.

It will be on Saturday, March 30, between 10am and 4pm, when the town’s Market Place will be closed to traffic.

Organiser Liam O’Sullivan, who owns Gallery Bistro, said: “I’ve had a lot of positive feedback while I’ve been out promoting the Fakenham Fayre.

“Many people are keen to get involved. People are pleased to see something positive happening in Fakenham.”

Some of Fakenham's leading businesses, including Jack Richards and Son, will attend the event to let people know about career opportunities in the town.  Picture: Ian BurtSome of Fakenham's leading businesses, including Jack Richards and Son, will attend the event to let people know about career opportunities in the town. Picture: Ian Burt

The event will feature live music and street food and businesses will have information stands, promoting some of the exciting career opportunities that exist in the town.

Mr O’Sullivan said: “Fakenham has some businesses who are world leaders in their fields. A lot of people don’t know that, but it’s something we should be proud of.

“We want to show people that they can stay in Fakenham and build careers here.”

Some of Fakenham’s biggest businesses have agreed to attend, including Bill Cleyndert & Company Ltd, Jack Richards & Son, PMC Harvesters Ltd, Kinnerton Confectionary, AOT Engineering and P4.

Representatives from Tesco and Morrisons supermarkets will be there and Fakenham Racecourse has shown an interest.

Mr O’Sullivan said: “It’s all about creating a fun environment and enabling people to see that Fakenham has a lot going for it.”

It is hoped the Fakenham Fayre will go on to become an annual event.

Meanwhile, Gallery Bistro is hosting a new event called Catch Up, on the evening of Thursday, March 7.

The event aims to create a relaxed and welcoming environment for people to socialise with friends.

Mr O’Sullivan said: “I think social media is having a negative impact on society and this is about encouraging people of all ages to come together and communicate in a more natural environment.”

Catch Up will be held twice a month.

For more information about the Fakenham Fayre or Catch Up, visit Gallery Bistro in Fakenham Market Place or call 01328 855000,