King’s Lynn getting ready to go back to the 1940s

King's Lynn Town Hall is getting ready for a Fourties event at the weekend. Picture: Matthew Usher.

King's Lynn Town Hall is getting ready for a Fourties event at the weekend. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The town is going back to the Second World War era on Sunday with 1940s-themed events and activities planned across the town.

King's Lynn Town Hall is getting ready for a Fourties event at the weekend. Picture: Matthew Usher.

King's Lynn Town Hall is getting ready for a Fourties event at the weekend. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The Home Guard will be located on the Tuesday Market Place; a 1940s army camp will be set up in the Vancouver Quarter; and a Winston Churchill look-a-like will be wandering through the town centre.

'Life on the Homefront' will take place between 10am and 4pm – and, once again, activities on offer will be free,

West Norfolk Council's heritage champion Avril Wright said: 'This is one of many of the borough council's Summer events which bring King's Lynn town alive every weekend, with something for everyone, young or old.'

The team from the Dad's Army Museum in Thetford will be set up at the Tuesday Market Place, with Lance Corporal Jones butcher's van included among the other classic cars on show.

During the Second World War, King's Lynn experienced several air raids.

On Sunday, the history group connected with the west Norfolk military charity The Bridge for Heroes will host tours of the air raid shelter under the market place. While tours are free, visitors are requested to make a donation to the charity.

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Meanwhile, British and American war-time characters – including figureheads, military servicemen and land girls – will be in the area throughout the day.

Enactors from the Royal Norfolk Regiment will set up an army camp on Baxter's Plane.

There will also be the chance to find out rationing tips and get into the 'Make do and Mend' spirit of that time at King's Lynn Town Hall.

Entry to Lynn Museum will also be free. Activities there will include a 1940s mini-makeover and hair-styling tips. Children will be able to attempt Morse code and collect sweet rations.

Is your town organising a family event this summer? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk

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