Weekend of events in Blo’ Norton remembers ‘unique’ history connected to Indian Prince

MDEP-03-08-2016-043 Historian Geoffrey Leigh Blo Norton Church Prince Frederick Duleep Singh Diss Express 03.08.2016 ANL-160308-224523005
MDEP-03-08-2016-043 Historian Geoffrey Leigh Blo Norton Church Prince Frederick Duleep Singh Diss Express 03.08.2016 ANL-160308-224523005
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A weekend of events in Blo’ Norton remembering a former Indian prince buried in the village has been described as a success by a historian and one of its guest speakers and organisers.

For 17 years, Blo’ Norton was the home of Prince Frederick Duleep Singh — also known as Prince Freddy — the son of Duleep Singh, Maharaja of Lahore.

“It is not the archetypal press description of a sleepy village. It is more than that. It is something here that means a lot to a lot of people

And earlier this month the village came together to commemorate the 90th anniversary of his death. Among the events organised was a flower festival and an exhibition centered on his life and time in the village and his legacy to Norfolk along with artefacts.

A presentation was given by author and Duleep Singh archivist Peter Bance gave a presentation, and Geoffrey Leigh, historian, also gave a talk.

Mr Leigh said the weekend “went well” and some visitors and former residents travelled from as far as King’s Lynn to attend.

“We had a fair number of people come along, some of whom had connections with Blo’ Norton,” he said. “Many people heard or read about the event and were totally unaware such a person had actually lived in Blo’ Norton and I think a lot of local people did not actually know the story.

“It is a unique bit of history. I think it is very important, and it is quite important for children to realise things have happened here.

“It is not the archetypal press description of a sleepy village. It is more than that. It is something here that means a lot to a lot of people.”