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East Anglia at War

Over the four years of the centenary of the First World War, this site will be bringing you extensive coverage of the commemorations, as well as stories from the conflict.

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Airmen dashing about in goggles and leather caps, the purr of propellers, fragile biplanes lifting off and landing with a bump and a hop.

Set in the fictional town of Walmington-on-Sea, Dad’s Army was written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft.

A historian from Fulmodeston, near Fakenham, is taking part in a new exhibition at The Forum in Norwich which focuses on identifying people in old photographs.

Swaffham’s war memorial is getting spruced up in time for the town’s centenary celebrations next year to mark the end of the First World War.

A new book looks at the lives of some of the most remarkable Norfolk women of the early 20th century. Trevor Heaton catches up with its author, local historian Frank Meeres.

An historic war memorial has been protected for future generations after achieving special heritage status.

It is one of the treasures of East Anglia, a Jacobean marvel with connections with the famous Boleyn family. But as Trevor Heaton discovers, Blickling Hall can claim a part in another key historical story – the struggle for Indian independence.

Volunteers made the discovery while moving their collection from the store there to its new archive at the nearby Mo Museum.

They were the early days of aviation, when brave young men took to the skies in flimsy machines and fought for freedom on a wing and prayer.

In July one of the muddiest and bloodiest battles of the First World War will be remembered.

Traders are hoping a seaside resort’s rich history will help get the tills ringing.

Their ‘reign’ only last a few decades, but Norwich’s trams helped shape the city centre street scene we see today, as local historian CHRIS WESTON explains.

All Saints Green; Today it is at the heart of the latest controversial road closure scheme but more than 30 years ago the late Norwich historian and author Geoffrey Goreham wrote in the Evening News: “If ever a road needs the therapy of pedestrianisation it is All Saints Green.”

Plans to restore a unique tourist attraction to its former glory have been given a boost after receiving a £1.7m grant.

Steve Snelling tells the story of how lifeboatman Henry Blogg lef his Cromer crew to perform a celebrated double rescue in January 1917.

More than 50,000 visitors are set to have enjoyed Norwich Castle’s exhibition of the work of pioneering photographer Olive Edis by the time the show closes later this month.

STEVE SNELLING tells the story of Jack Osborn’s astonishing bravery to protect the lives of his comrades.

Hidden secrets from Norwich’s rich past will be in the spotlight thanks to a trio of new city centre walks.

The medal of a decorated First World War hero is being returned to his surviving family following a quest that started in Liverpool and finished in Norfolk.

Steve Snelling tells the remarkable story of First World War hero Frederick Elliott ‘Boots’ Hotblack

A production of Shakespeare’s Henry V is to be performed at Norwich Cathedral next year as part of a nationwide tour.

In late November 1916, Great Yarmouth-based airmen exacted partial revenge for the historic Zeppelin attack on the town in January 1915. Steve Snelling recounts a story of dauntless courage and distinctions unfairly distributed.

More than 18,000 people have so far flocked to see the work of pioneering photographer Olive Edis at a special exhibition at Norwich Castle.

Local historian Chris Weston tells the story of the once-magnificent Edwardian hotel of Weybourne Springs, built for the wealthy but destroyed by the threat of invasion.

But for over 50 years one family in Shipdham thought that the three medals awarded posthumously to a brave son and brother after his death in the First World War were lost forever.

A new exhibition explores the real lives of soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country, with Norwich students having uncovered the stories behind the names engraved on war memorials.

All across the county, people have been paying their respects to those who died in the First World War, marking Remembrance Sunday.

A schoolboy has honoured a local soldier who died in the First World War on the anniversary of his death.

The life of a 19-year-old who died at the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago has been celebrated at Bexwell Church, near Downham Market.

The military history which lay dormant in a rural corner of Norfolk is being unearthed in a new publication.

A century on the Battle of the Somme was the focus of a special First World War exhibition in North Walsham.

It was fought over five brutal months with the loss of more than a million dead and wounded on all sides.

Relatives of First World War flight commander Cecil Tidswell will travel from around the world to unite at the French village of Etricourt to mark the centenary of his death.

She was a pioneering photographer who took pictures of everything from First World War battlefields to royalty to the fishermen of north Norfolk.

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