12:22 30 March 2022
Residents of West Norfolk are invited to nominate personalities to be immortalized in a memorial display along one of the area’s main cycle routes.
National cycling charity Sustrans is seeking suggestions for people to be featured in a special steel bench to be placed on the track between King’s Lynn and Snettisham.
More than 250 portrait benches have been placed along bike paths across the country, featuring famous authors, Olympians, celebrities, business people and community stalwarts.
Now people in and around King’s Lynn are being asked who they would like to see added to the trail to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
They can choose anyone from the last 70 years, living or dead, to immortalize along the route.
Clare Maltby, Sustrans Director for the Midlands and East, said: “The National Cycle Network is a tremendous asset – providing pathways to nature, connecting communities and strengthening economies. We want as many people as possible to access the network to walk, ride, cycle or run.
“Portrait benches are a great way to recognize local cultures and heritage on the trails and add some interest. We are delighted to once again invite the public to have their say on who the new personalities will represent.
“Nominating is simple and only takes a few minutes, but will provide us with valuable insight into who our local community thinks would most deserve this special recognition.”
Sustrans is the custodian of the National Cycle Network which spans 12,000 miles of marked cycle routes, including over 5,000 miles of traffic-free lanes.
Its route between Lynn and Snettisham passes through Castle Rising, Sandringham Estate and Snettisham RSPB Reserve.
Nominations close April 11 and can be placed via can be placed via tinyurl.com/5xsm5fpp.
Nominations for portrait benches will be reviewed by Sustrans alongside dedicated partners, with each confirmed figure agreed upon and the final design approved.
Artist Katy Hallett will craft each piece, with official installation and unveiling due later this year.