Love West Norfolk Day 2020: The Biggest and Best Yet!

Love West Norfolk – #lovewestnorfolk – Day 2020 has been hailed as the biggest and best yet by campaign organisers.

Taking place on 14 February 2020, the third Love West Norfolk Day saw organisations, businesses, schools, charities, and individuals get involved in the celebration of everything West Norfolk.

There were a number of  online and offline activities linked to the day, including the official opening of the Hunstanton Heritage Centre, which was preceded by a parade by members of the Norwich Pipe Band. True’s Yard museum offered free entry during the morning, and the bells of St Edmund’s Church in Downham Market rang at 7pm to mark the special occasion.

Schools, including Howard Primary, North Wootton Primary, St Edmund’s Academy, St Martin’s at Shouldham, and the Riverside Federation joined in the fun, taking part in a colouring competition and producing films and pictures to share on the day.

Hundreds of posts were generated online about West Norfolk and the qualities that make it such a great place.  This included during a social media takeover of the Love West Norfolk Twitter account by organisations, including KL.FM, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, the College of West Anglia, Freebridge Community Housing, Visit West Norfolk, and Discover King’s Lynn.

And, many businesses and individuals got involved through quotes, pictures, and films showing just why they love West Norfolk. This included Ward Gethin Archer, ECS Computers Ltd, Hospital Radio Lynn, RSPB Titchwell, Norfolk Mind, SJP Solicitors, Norfolk Rivers Trust,  and MCP solicitors, amongst many others. North West Norfolk MP James Wild got involved online and Ambassador James Bagge encouraged people to ‘go for it’ on West Norfolk’s special day.

Graham Woodcock, Chairman of West Norfolk Rugby Club added his voice to the day saying:  “We’ve been loving West Norfolk for almost 100 years now. West Norfolk Rugby Club an RFU accredited club was founded in 1925. The club is situated in North Wootton on a 10 acre site and provides the residents of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk the facility to participate in and enjoy the sport of rugby. We take pride in our name and our heritage and our strong links with Kings Lynn and West Norfolk.”

Norfolk and Waveney Mind Art Group created a collage display of the things they love about living in West Norfolk. A service user said: “I know I only come here once a week but this group makes all the difference to me.”

And children from Fairstead School joined in the fun, sharing their reasons to love West Norfolk, including:

“I love the colourful lights in town, especially the churches.”
“I feel safe living here.”
“The people are friendly.”
“Lots of lovely places to visit, especially the beaches.”
“I like the Mart. I love the rides; the bumper cars are the best!”
“I like the great schools.”

And, people could even send a free Love West Norfolk Valentine’s card to mark the occasion!

Lorraine Gore, Chief Executive of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the response to Love West Norfolk day both online and offline. We are so grateful to every single person who got involved and helped us to share just how special this part of the world is. It was a joy to see such an outpouring of passion and enthusiasm for West Norfolk.”

The campaign is continuing to promote West Norfolk and to encourage people to choose West Norfolk in 2020. Organisers are looking for quotes from people about why they love West Norfolk.

You can also follow the campaign and Love West Norfolk Day through the social media channels:

A selection of #LoveWestNorfolkDay pictures

Amanda Bosworth showing why she #lovewestnorfolk at the opening of the Hunstanton Heritage Centre

Adam, Ben, and Simon from KL.FM show that they #lovewestnorfolk

A display created by Norfolk and Waveney Min Art Group

A design for #lovewestnorfolkday by College of West Anglia student Nonna Senkova

One of great beach in west Norfolk as captured by College of West Anglia student Neila Cepulionyte