Dino day hailed huge success as more than 700 people descend on March attraction

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A Fenland attraction is ready for a roaring summer afterhundreds of dinosaur fans flocked to a launch event at the weekend.

More than 700 people descended on Fossils Galore in March for the start of its new dinosaur exhibition on Saturday – more than double the number of visitors which attended a similar summer holiday event last year.

A huge crowd of people gathered outside the High Street museum as they waited to enter, with a queue stretching all the way back to Stotts fish and chip shop.

Owner Jamie Jordan said he was overwhelmed by the response to the event, which saw a guest appearance from Walking With Dinosaurs TV star and Fossils Galore patron Nigel Marven.

Jamie said: “When we saw the size of the queue of people we couldn’t believe it. There were 733 through the door, which was really pleasing as at similar event last year there was about 340 people.”

He also said that although the day was much busier than expected, everything ran smoothly and he thanked visitors and volunteers for helping make it such a success.

“Without the volunteers we couldn’t have done it,” he said. “We were still clearing up on Monday but are now ready for the rest of the summer.”

The dinosaur exhibition, which features dinosaur fossils from around the world, will be open throughout the school holidays, with free admission and special events at weekends.

For the launch event only, there was a special display of the largest known tooth of the Eotyrannus lengii (a small ancestor of T-Rex). The tooth re-wrote the science books when it was discovered earlier this year as it suggests the predator was larger than previously estimated.

During the day, families also enjoyed prehistoric activities from fossil hunting and gold panning to geode breaking and archaeological digging, as well as experiences such as reptile handling, face painting, and arts and crafts.

For details of events during the holidays visit: www.fossilsgalore.com or call 01354 01354 278089.