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Town residents show the love for where they live before Valentine’s Day

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 February 2019 | UPDATED: 17:19 10 February 2019

The Factory Shop had a birds of prey exhibition. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

The Factory Shop had a birds of prey exhibition. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

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Residents showed off their appreciation for their home town on Saturday in a day of fun and community spirit.

All things Wymondham were celebrated yesterday for the second annual Love Wymondham Day.

Held in the town market place the weekend before Valentine’s Day, residents and visitors were treated to a variety of entertainment, including the Wymondham Rock Choir, and a bird of prey display from Norfolk Wild Encounters in aid of three charities.

Jess Allen, leader of Wymondham Rock Choir, said: “We did it last year and absolutely loved it. This year we have quite a Valentine’s theme to the performance, we’re including songs like Only You and More Than A Feeling.

“It’s a nice event, and it’s good to support the local community. I like the historic feel of Wymondham, but I think the community spirit is the best thing.”

Love Wymondham Day is a celebration of the town and a  chance to promote more tourism and more local business. Picture: Victoria PertusaLove Wymondham Day is a celebration of the town and a chance to promote more tourism and more local business. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

Historian Georgette Vale gave a talk on the town’s most iconic feature, Market Cross, and the Central Hall held a creativity and wellbeing market, featuring a relaxation breathing and music therapy workshop and community musical performance, as well as stalls run by businesses from the area.

At the market a brand new venture by residents Nicola Maunders and Jo Ford was launched to help both the environment and cancer charity The Big C.

Veginets are reusable handmade bags created from materials such as net curtains.

One of the event’s organisers Tony Vale said: “I’m very pleased that this is the second year we have done this. It’s proved to be equally as popular as last year.

Louise Barton, one of the events organisers of Love Wymondham Day, Picture: Victoria PertusaLouise Barton, one of the events organisers of Love Wymondham Day, Picture: Victoria Pertusa

“It’s created an opportunity for different organisations to come together. It’s a bit of an enabling exercise. I’m also encouraged by the growing business involvement.”

Town Team member Fran Young added: “Wymondham Day is good for the town. It gives everybody an opportunity to work together to increase the footfall to the town centre and have a brilliant time. You can feel the community here.”

Guided tours of Wymondham Abbey took place throughout the day, and art groups in the area put on information displays in Wymondham Library.

Emily Jones at a Love Wymondham Day birds of prey display at The Original Factory Shop, raising money for Make a Wish, Wymondham Dementia Support Group and Norfolk Wild Encounters. PHOTO: Martin JonesEmily Jones at a Love Wymondham Day birds of prey display at The Original Factory Shop, raising money for Make a Wish, Wymondham Dementia Support Group and Norfolk Wild Encounters. PHOTO: Martin Jones

The Rock Choir performed at the Market Place. Picture: Victoria PertusaThe Rock Choir performed at the Market Place. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

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