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Why Stephen Fry loves West Norfolk! And why you will too...

There are many, many reasons to #lovewestnorfolk - as the Love West Norfolk campaign has been finding out! Including from some well-known figures….

Stephen Fry, famous for work such as QI, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster and Peter’s Friends, amongst many more, is a former student of the College of West Anglia, and retains a house in the area.

Of West Norfolk, he said: “If Norfolk is the secret jewel of England, then West Norfolk is the secret jewel of Norfolk. Beauty, hills, character, glorious towns, villages and countryside, hills! country pubs, funny, fabulous people, hills! seaside, lavender, hills! Ok, I lied about the hills. But there are slopes and rises to the ground that almost amount to hills. Truly.”

Actor Tim Bentinck, who is perhaps best known for playing David Archer on the long-running BBC Radio 4 series The Archers, has a home just outside Burnham Market.

He said: "The thing I love most about West Norfolk is that it's not on the way to anywhere - people are only there because it's their destination. It has an identity that is unlike anywhere else which I feel would be spoiled if they ever built a motorway; a dual carriageway to Norwich is quite enough thank you! Our favourite place is Holkham Beach, huge skies, and always uncrowded, even when there's a ton of cars in the car park. A rewarding pint and a meal in any of the lovely pubs on the coast, then home to a roaring log fire - that's my perfect day."

And The Rt. Rev’d. Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn also lent his support to the Love West Norfolk campaign. He said: “Since coming to West Norfolk as Bishop nearly seven years ago, I have come to value both the place and people. I love the down to earth reality, the fabulous sunsets and sunrises and the warmth and welcome I have received everywhere”.

Tim Bentinck

Love West Norfolk asked people ‘why do you love West Norfolk?’ – and the response was incredible. Here are just some of the fantastic reasons why West Norfolk is well worth a visit:

  • The big skies, that bring spectacular sunsets and sunrises;
  • The glorious coastline, within easy reach;
  • The warm, welcoming, friendly people;
  • The impressive heritage, including magnificent stately buildings such as Sandringham;
  • The green spaces – woodlands, parks, commons, fields;
  • The bustling market towns, including independent shops and markets;
  • The food and drink, including award winning eateries;
  • The natural world and wildlife.

The Love West Norfolk campaign wants locals and visitors alike to join in the campaign online, sharing their thoughts and images. Follow Love West Norfolk online – Twitter @LoveWestNorfolk Facebook: LoveWestNorfolk and Instagram: love_west_norfolk using the hashtag #lovewestnorfolk

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