Happy Norfolk Day!!
July 27, 2018
by Melissa Porter
Today, Friday 27th of July, marks the first ever Norfolk Day celebrations!
Whether it’s the broads, Colman’s Mustard, or Alan Partridge, Norfolk Day is all about celebrating everything that’s great about our county.
Announced in February, the joint venture between BBC Radio Norfolk and the Eastern Daily Press quickly took off, with #NorfolkDay trending in the UK on Twitter, and many local residents and businesses across the county holding special events to mark the occasion.
So in honour of the inaugural Norfolk Day, here are 18 facts about Norfolk:
- Great Yarmouth is home to the world’s first ever football stand! Wellesley Recreation ground was opened on 11th June 1892 and is reported to be the world’s oldest football stand that’s still in use.
- Norfolk has 659 medieval churches, the highest concentration in the world!
- Norwich City Football Club’s song is On The Ball City, and is claimed to be the oldest chant in the world still being sung today.
- The annual world snail championships are held at Congham, near Kings Lynn!
- Britain’s first holiday camp was opened in 1906 at Caister-on-Sea.
- The country’s largest seal colony reside at Blakeney Spit all year round, though the best time to see pups is between December – February.
- The Dragon Hall in Norwich is the only medieval merchant’s trading hall to have survived in Western Europe.
- Norfolk is home to the most microbreweries in the country!
- Norwich was the first place in the UK to have postcodes.
- Fish fingers were invented in Great Yarmouth in 1952.
- The oldest English love letter in history was written at Oxnead Hall in Norfolk, home to the Paston Family, by Margery Brews to John Paston, and dates back to Valentine’s Day in 1477!
- The river Thames used to flow through Norfolk, and was fed by the river Bytham from the Midlands which is now extinct.
- The world’s only remaining end of pier theatre is in Cromer.
- Norwich has the most pubs per square mile in England.
- 850,000 year old footprints were found at Happisburgh, the earliest evidence of mankind to be found outside of The Great Rift Valley in Africa!
- Chapelfield shopping centre in Norwich used to be a chocolate factory which produced the first packet of Rolos in 1932.
- The largest and best preserved mammoth skeleton ever found was from the cliffs at West Runton.
- David Bowie mentions Norfolk in his popular hit Life on Mars, with the line “From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads”
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