A historic hotel in the heart of Thetford will be demolished at the weekend as a result of the redevelopment of the riverside area of the town.

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Breckland Council said the former Anchor Hotel, which is owned by the district council, will be knocked down from 8am on Sunday because of safety concerns.

The demolition marks the end of an era for the former hotel, which was a home to the Dad’s Army cast and crew when it was being filmed in the town in the 1960s and 70s.

Breckland Councillors last week approved the use of £110,000 to demolish the building and temporary landscape the area during the planning process for the redevelopment of the whole site.

William Nunn, leader of Breckland Council, said: “The regeneration of Thetford in future years will bring new housing, new businesses and new jobs to the town, and the redevelopment of the riverside site will play a key role in this project. When completed, the revitalised area will provide a fantastic new leisure facility for residents, right in the heart of the town.”

A surveyor’s report of the hotel carried out in October found that part of the original hotel roof had collapsed and a section of the front wall was deemed to be in a precarious state, a spokesman for Breckland Council said.

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