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What do you know about Fair Green in Diss? New information board will reveal more of its history

The new information board at the Fair Green on Denmark Street will have an official unveiling at the Elephant Picnic

The new information board at the Fair Green on Denmark Street will have an official unveiling at the Elephant Picnic

A brand new information board created to enlighten residents and tourists on the 800 year history and the relative unknowns of Diss’ Fair Green will be officially unveiled at a special community picnic event on Saturday, July 12.

The Elephant Picnic, organised by the Fair Green Neighbourhood Association, will take place at the Green on Denmark Street between noon and 3pm, comprising of various family activities and elephant-themed attractions like story-telling, drawing, face-painting and competitions, as well as a tombola and a refreshments area provided by Angel Cafe.

Local historian and scientist Tim Holt-Wilson is set to formally reveal the information board, which has already been installed for public viewing next to the children’s play area, at 1pm during the event.

Researched and designed by landscape architect Fiona Fyfe, who grew up close to the Green, the board features information on Diss Fair, photographs of nearby Tudor cottages before they were restored and illustrations by local artists Pam Dormer, Gary Hincks, Derek Potter and Stephanie Walters.

Among numerous historical details, it also sheds light on the town’s widely unknown story of how an actual elephant came to be buried on the Green.

The Elephant Picnic will also acknowledge the recently-added public park bench built in memory of the late George Le Surf, one of the founding members of the Norfolk Ramblers.

For additional information about the event, contact Alison Bannister on 01379 644473.

n Email your community events to editorial@dissexpress.co.uk or call the newsdesk on 01379 658002 to speak to a member of the news team.

 

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