Hanse fun, games and flags

A huge variety of flags joined the Hanse Festival parade in King’s Lynn after members of the Vancouver Quarter’s Saturday Club had another wonderfully creative session.

The club met in the King’s Lynn shopping centre on Saturday morning where they enjoyed making their own flags ready to take part in Sunday’s festivities – the third day of the three-day celebration of the town’s Hanseatic links across the North Sea.

Saturday Club flags were proudly waved in the parade which started in the historic Tuesday Market Place and ended in King Staithe Square – with the wonderful backdrop of the town’s Custom House.

There was also a Town Treasure Trail with special treasure maps for young visitors to follow on Sunday. With a little help from the grown-ups they had to find a list of clues to find the treasure. There were also pirates around to add to the atmosphere.

“We had a great couple of days and it was wonderful to see the flags the children created during Saturday Club being waved by them in the parade on Sunday. The treasure trail was also a really popular event and they made fairly short-work of all the clues in order to find the treasure,” said David Blackmore, Vancouver Quarter marketing and events assistant.

The ‘new’ Hanseatic League was revived in 1980 to encourage cultural alliance and trading within the historic Hanseatic area which has links, including a league, dating back hundreds of years. Now there are 182 member towns and cities in 16 countries.

Joining the popular Saturday Club is free – and all the sessions, ranging from crafts to bug hunting, are free for young members to enjoy. There are a number of club meetings, organised by the Vancouver Quarter, and the next will have a Father’s Day theme when children will be able to make something special on Saturday, June 16 from 10am to 3pm.