Thursday, June 21, 2007

Our Place: Captain George Vancouver

This week is the Captain Vancouver Festival.
As some of you may know, a tall ship called the Earl of Pembroke sailed up the Great Ouse yesterday and a crowd of thousands was there to see it.
Captain Vancouver's statue stands outside the Customs House.
This week sees the start of a Vancouver Festival.
Here's the blurb from the website:
The Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk is proud to be celebrating the 250th birthday of Captain George Vancouver with a weeklong programme of festivities. There will be events for all ages to enjoy.

Captain George Vancouver was born in King's Lynn in 1757 and sailed with Captain Cook as a young midshipman. His later explorations and meticulous survey literally put onto the map of the world the intricacies of the North West coast of mainland Canada, an achievement that places him in the first rank of marine surveyors.
During the week beginning 18th June, we will be running a programme of events aimed specifically at schools and made appropriate to the national curriculum. The programme will be run in partnership with King's Lynn Arts Centre, True's Yard, Green Quay and the King's Lynn museum.
Over the festival weekend, King's Lynn will be buzzing with music, dancing, interactive historical drama, a people's banquet, street entertainment, exhibitions, maritime crafts, traditional seafood and much more. Come and see the magnificent tall ship, The Earl of Pembroke, she will sail up-river to the Boal Quay where she will moor for the festival weekend.
A spectacular weekend for all the family to enjoy, staged within the heart of King's Lynn's fabulous historic buildings and quayside.

Here's a pic of the ship by FLICKR user Daisy Flame

Keep an eye out for events...

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