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New heritage centre tells the story of a former RAF station

PUBLISHED: 10:14 13 August 2019 | UPDATED: 14:42 14 August 2019

Opening of Sculthorpe heritage centre. Pictures: Ian Brown

Opening of Sculthorpe heritage centre. Pictures: Ian Brown

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A former RAF station was brought to life with the opening of a new heritage centre in north Norfolk.

Sculthorpe heritage centre opening. Pictures: Ian Brown Sculthorpe heritage centre opening. Pictures: Ian Brown

The hands-on building tells the story of the former RAF Sculthorpe, which closed 27 years ago.

The new centre opened on Sunday, August 11 and curator Ian Brown said: "The opening was beyond my wildest expectations. We were expecting about 300 people to turn up, and there must have been 700. We've been absolutely flat-out. I'm really chuffed with how it's gone,"

The centrepiece of the exhibition is the engine from a RB-66 which took off from the airfield on July 3, 1958. Control of the aircraft was lost when the three pilots ejected over Sculthorpe, leaving the plane to circle Norwich twice on auto-pilot before crashing near Saxlingham.

The heritage centre is within the Wicken Green rural centre, Chapel Street, Wicken Green, Sculthorpe NR21 7RR. It will be open free of charge, with dates to be announced.

Sculthorpe heritage centre opening. Pictures: Ian Brown Sculthorpe heritage centre opening. Pictures: Ian Brown

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