Rain doesn't stop people loving Wymondham during community celebration
PUBLISHED: 17:30 10 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:07 12 February 2018
Archant Norfolk 2018
"People say they love Wymondham and that certainly seems to be the case today."
That’s the message from the organiser of Love Wymondham Day which took place in the market town today.
Hundreds of residents and visitors descended on the town for a day packed with entertainment, crafts and competitions all in the name of community spirit.
Tony Vale, who pulled the entire series of events together, said: “The weather held out for us this morning and everything else was indoors so, as the rain set in, we were ok.
“People move here or stay here because they fall in love with the place, so this day is about saying, if you love Wymondham, prove it.
“Visitors notice what we have, we notice what we don’t, so we’re going to become tourists for the day.”
Love Wymondham Day was brought businesses, charities, groups and residents together across the town centre and was kicked off by Louise Bennison, better known as Miss Norfolk 2018.
Live music included a few numbers in the market place from the Rock Choir and Wymondham’s Got Talent finalist Mark Ferris belted out some tunes in the Original Factory Shop.
The library opened its doors for a therapeutic puppet show, Karyn Time, and the White Hart saw footfall increased thanks to the community efforts and its own event ‘Harts and crafts’.
“The streets were very busy in the morning,” said Mr Vale. “Charities have been able to raise money today, such as in the Old Factory Shop where the managers are running the London Marathon for the Make a Wish Foundation.
“Love Wymondham Day has helped a lot of people.”
One of the big draws of the day was the window displays based on the theme of love and Valentine’s Day.
The Love Wymondham team challenged people to decorate their shop-fronts and the winning display will win a Co-op gift card thanks to Mr Vale’s role as the supermarket’s community engagement officer.
Despite the rain, Love Wymondham Day proved a success and Mr Vale and his team are confident that residents and visitors to the Norfolk town steeped in history do indeed love it.