King’s Lynn windsurfer funeral as body found in Sweden

A tribute was paid to Chris Bamfield, a windsurfer who went missing from Hunstanton in November.

The funeral for Mr Bamfield, retired executive director of the West Norfolk Council, took place on Tuesday after his body was recently found in Sweden.

Mr Bamfield, 65, of Middleton, went missing while windsurfing in Hunstanton in November 2020.

At a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, WNC advisers paid tribute to their former colleague, observing a minute of silence as the city buildings were lit up in his memory.

Stuart Dark, the head of the council, has asked the cabinet to join him in remembering the father of two.

“Today is a difficult day for King’s Lynn and the Borough Council,” he said.

“One of our respected colleagues, Chris Bamfield, has passed away in difficult circumstances.

“It was his funeral this morning, and I would like you to join me for a minute of silent reflection and support for Chris’s family and his many friends.

“He was a friend, a colleague and a proud servant of this arrondissement. He has supported a cabinet member on several occasions over the years.

A tribute from fellow West Norfolk Council, where Chris Bamfield was responsible for recreation and open spaces before retiring Photo: Chris Bishop
– Credit: Archant

A spokesperson for the council, who left a message on social media, said: “King’s Lynn Town Hall and Alive Corn Exchange will be lit red tonight in memory of our colleague and friend Chris Bamfield , whose funeral took place today.

“Our hearts are with his family. The family would like to include, ‘Our hero. The rudder that has guided our ship throughout life.


Mr Bamfield was last seen on Saturday 14 November, after missing near the Hunstanton Sailing Club.

Tributes were left near the spot on Hunstanton promenade where missing surfer Chris Bamfield wa

Tributes were paid near the spot on Hunstanton promenade where missing surfer Chris Bamfield was last seen Photo: Chris Bishop
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RNLI crews searched until Monday afternoon, but there was no sign of Mr. Bamfield.

After his disappearance, family and friends left flowers and messages near where Mr Bamfield was last seen.

Paying homage to her husband, Mr Bamfield’s wife Vanessa said in a handwritten message: “Chris my love, you were my life, my rock, my hero.

“We had so many projects that we will do them again in the Hereafter.

“Be at peace, my love. I have always loved you for 37 years and I will do so until the day I die. Your beloved Vanessa.

A heart made of pebbles alongside tributes to Chris Bamfield on the ball in Hunstanton Photo: C

A heart made of pebbles alongside the tributes to Chris Bamfield on the ball in Hunstanton Photo: Chris Bishop
– Credit: Archant

A signed Jamie and Conny message read, “Dad, at a time that leaves us with so many questions, we are so grateful for the lessons you have taught us and the strength you have instilled in our family.

“For generations to come, our children, your grandchildren, will always feel your presence. I love you forever surf bum.

A fundraiser set up to thank the emergency services for their role in the research raised more than £ 12,000 after the donation of around 450 people.

Many who have made donations have paid tribute to Mr Bamfield, who was the West Norfolk Council Recreation Officer before retiring in 2019.

Simon Brown said, “Chris, with all of your contribution and hard work, you have left your mark on the town of King’s Lynn.

“Over the years you have worked tirelessly with Festival Too and Fawkes in the Walks, rocking the bank to help fund these events.

“Now we are shaking this box to raise as much money as possible for this great cause, I will miss you for the golf course, our hearts go out to your family at these sad times.”

Debbie Gates added, “Thanks to the RNLI for all your efforts in trying to find Chris. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during these difficult times.

“We have shared many tears of laughter over the years, and now they are tears of loss, but we will cherish our memories of happier times with a beloved colleague who has worked tirelessly for West Norfolk for almost 30 years. years.”

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