King’s Lynn goes back to the 1940s

The forties event is returning to Lynn  Picture: Matthew Usher.

The forties event is returning to Lynn Picture: Matthew Usher.


The return of a popular nostalgia event will take King’s Lynn back to the 1940s.

Inside the air raid shelter under the Tuesday Market Place. Picture: Matthew Usher.Inside the air raid shelter under the Tuesday Market Place. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Forties Lynn: Life on the home front is coming back to the town on Sunday, July 22 (10am - 4pm).

Events will be taking place throughout the day in the Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn Town Hall, and Lynn Museum.

The market place will be hosting a display of vintage vehicles, including a life-size replica of a MK805 Spitfire and the ever-popular Corporal Jones’s butcher’s van from Dad’s Army.

Petrol rationing meant bicycles were essential during the war years, and a display of 1940s models will show how much two-wheeled technology has changed.

The Spitfire will also be returning  Picture: Matthew Usher.The Spitfire will also be returning Picture: Matthew Usher.

The Royal Norfolk Regiment re-enactment group will set up camp, recreating the sights and sounds of life under canvas. Music in the market place will come from the 18-piece Eddie Seales Big Band playing songs from the 1940s.

Beneath the market place, one of Lynn’s least-seen attractions will be open. Visitors can take a tour around the air raid shelter, and imagine what it was like to be one of up to 300 residents taking cover as bombs fell.

The town hall will host a tea dance, with dance lessons to prepare anyone whose foxtrot isn’t up to scratch.

Wartime spirit meant that Lynn’s residents still wanted to look their best, so Flamingo Amy will be on hand to provide 40s-themed makeovers. Youngsters can also pick up a ration card, which can be redeemed for a ration of sweets at Lynn Museum.

Admission to Lynn Museum will be free during Forties Lynn, while enactors dressed in British or American army uniforms, and in 1940s civilian styles will be there and strolling about the town centre. Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk council’s cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: “Forties Lynn returns once again to entertain and educate visitors with a glimpse into life in Lynn during World War II. The Eddie Seales Big Band was such a hit last year that we’ve brought them back to make things really go with a swing. New for this year, visitors will be able to take a look at the Lynn Bomb Map. It’s kept in the King’s Lynn Borough Archives and is a fascinating first-hand record of what Lynn went through. I do hope that everyone will come along and enjoy these, and all the other activities we have planned.”

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