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Mayor finds his sea legs

Mayor of King's Lynn & West Norfolk on the new King's Lynn Fishing Trips boat

Published: Friday, 2nd July 2021

A new business that uses the extended pontoons on King’s Lynn South Quay has been visited by the Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk.

King’s Lynn Fishing Trips run fishing and seal trips on the River Great Ouse. Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Cllr Harry Humphrey, said: “James has done an amazing job setting this business up during the Coronavirus pandemic. It gives residents and visitors the opportunity to explore our great river, as well as a chance to see fish and seals up close.”

Cllr Paul Kunes, Cabinet member for Environment, added: “Extension of the pontoons in King’s Lynn were completed last year as part of the Sail the Wash programme.”

Sail the Wash, which received Coastal Communities funding of £679,000 in March 2019, is designed to enhance existing and create more opportunities for leisure craft wanting to visit The Wash area and surrounding waterways, with development in King's Lynn and Sutton Bridge. The project is a partnership between the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, Fenland District Council and Lincolnshire County Council.

Cllr Kunes continued: “The Sail the Wash programme has increased the capacity of the moorings and strengthened Kings Lynn’s position as a destination for UK and International maritime visitors. This important development widens the scope of tourism for West Norfolk and the UK.

“It’s great to see a new business being established as a result of this investment in the pontoons. This business is already proving popular and is making the most of one of King’s Lynn’s most recognisable assets, the river. As we move towards step 4 I look forward to more visitors using the pontoons or enjoying trips from them throughout the summer.”

More details about King’s Lynn Fishing Trips can be found at

For more information about Sail the Wash visit

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