Bressingham museum hopes for Dad’s Army spin-off effect

Bressingham Steam Museum have a collection of props and vehicles from Dad's Army. Pictured is an Aus

Bressingham Steam Museum have a collection of props and vehicles from Dad's Army. Pictured is an Austin 8 which was used in the making of 'Private Pike'. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

With perhaps Britain's best loved comedy series about to be brought back to life on the big screen, one Norfolk attraction in particular is hoping to benefit from the new Dad's Army film's release.

While the show has been mostly associated with Thetford, where many scenes from the original series were filmed, the Dad's Army Appreciation Society's collection has been based at Bressingham Steam and Gardens, near Diss, since 2000.

The site is home to props including helmets and grenades which belong to the society, while Bressingham itself owns a number of vehicles which were used in the series.

The Society has been involved in the new film - released next month - providing information about place names and other details from the original series to ensure it is as faithful as possible. Members are due to attend the premiere, which is expected to be later this month.

Alastair Baker, manager at the attraction, said he thought the film could lead to renewed interest in the site.

'Dad's Army is loved by all generations because of it's gentle and slapstick humour,' he said.

'We get a lot of visitors, a lot of them wouldn't have watched the show in the 1970s, and you hear them muttering lines from the series. But we would like to see more and hopefully the film will bring more. The cast used to visit here for a get together every year for a Dad's Army day.'

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In 1972, two episodes of the series, which ran from 1968 to 1977, were filmed at Walnut Tree Farm, near Bressingham, which was owned by Norfolk businessman and grain merchant Eric Burroughes.

The new film, which is due to be released on February 5, stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Gambon and Bill Nighy. Ian Lavender, who played Private Pike in the original series, will make a cameo.

Bressingham Steam and Gardens will reopen it's doors on Wednesday, March 23.

For more information, visit http://www.bressingham.co.uk

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