Forties Lynn to give insight into town life during war-time

Damage to Norfolk Street, in King's Lynn, opposite the Eagle Hotel. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Damage to Norfolk Street, in King's Lynn, opposite the Eagle Hotel. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY - Credit: IAN BURT

Step back in time to the 1940s for a taste of life on the Home Front in a free family event in West Norfolk.

Inside the air raid shelter uncovered on the Tuesday Market Place in King's Lynn. Picture: Matthew U

Inside the air raid shelter uncovered on the Tuesday Market Place in King's Lynn. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

A host of activities will take place in various locations around King's Lynn town centre for Forties Lynn.

With tea dances, tours and displays, there is something for everyone to get into the make do and mend spirit.

West Norfolk councillor Elizabeth Nockolds, cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: 'Lynn's wartime history is fascinating and this event brings that history to life in a really fun and informative way.

'We're emphasising the way Lynn's brave residents kept calm and carried on by focusing on the music and style of the decade.


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'It's good to remember that during tough times for our town and our nation, our spirit was undaunted.'

On Sunday, July 23, from 10am to 4pm, fans of the television series Dad's Army will be pleased to see the return of Corporal Jones' butcher's van, along with a display of military vehicles and vintage cars from the era.

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There will be musical performances by Timescape and The Eddie Seales Big Band, with costumed characters of British and American wartime figures, including Winston Churchill, strolling around the square.

An air raid shelter which protected people from enemy bombings during the Second World War will be opened to the public.

Bridge for Heroes will be leading guided tours of the shelter hidden beneath the Tuesday Market Place, giving a rare insight into what life was like during war-time King's Lynn.

An army camp will be set up by the Royal Norfolk Regiment Living History Group, allowing visitors the chance to learn about what life was like under canvas during the Second World War.

Those wanting to learn the lindy hop and jitterbug dance moves can take part in free dance lessons at King's Lynn Town Hall, which will host a 1940s tea dance.

Fashion enthusiasts can learn the style of the 40s with a mini-makeover and hairstyling tips from Flamingo Amy.

Visitors can make a plane for the Spitfire fund, make their own wartime truffles and collect their sweet rations at the Lynn Museum. They are also encouraged to dress up in their best 1940s clothes.

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