Revisit the 1940s for a taste of life on the Home Front at King’s Lynn event

Last year's Forties weekend event in King's Lynn - Inside the air raid shelter. Picture: Matthew Ush

Last year's Forties weekend event in King's Lynn - Inside the air raid shelter. Picture: Matthew Usher.

It's remembered as a time of community spirit, and people can revisit the 1940s in west Norfolk as part of a free event.

Various sites around King's Lynn town centre will host activities for 'Forties Lynn – Life on the Home Front', which will be held from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, July 17.

Among the attractions will be a display of military and civilian vehicles from the era, including cars, motorbikes, jeeps and bicycles.

People can enjoy a 1940s tea dance, and there will be music, a vintage market, and the air raid shelter beneath the Tuesday Market Place will be open.

An army camp from the Second World War will also be set up with enactors from the Royal Norfolk Regiment.


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Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk Council's cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: 'This event proved such a success last year that it's back by popular demand.

'We're going back in time again to the indomitable community spirit of the 1940s. Put this date in your diaries, because there will be lots going on, and we want everyone to come along and get involved.'

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Fans of the TV series Dad's Army can again visit Corporal Jones' van and meet the team from the Dad's Army museum in Thetford.

Visitors can also meet a pilot from RAF Marham, who will be discussing the airbase's role during the war, and people can get tips on surviving on rations, planting a seed as they 'Dig for Victory', and collecting a fun 'sweets ration card'.

Also, Lynn Museum is offering free admission, fans of '40s fashion can get a mini-makeover and hairstyling tips, and younger visitors can make a plane for the Spitfire fund, try out Morse code, and collect their sweet rations.

For more information, visit www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/fortieslynn

What was the 1940s like for you? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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