Celebrating heritage open day in Downham Market

Building work begins on the Old Fire Station at Downham Market, with Steven Seals Builders Ltd.'LtoR, Daniel Woollard, Dean Woodward, Todd Cocksedge, Luke Seals, Dave Metcalf, Steven Seals, Steven Osler. ANL-150323-174136009

Building work begins on the Old Fire Station at Downham Market, with Steven Seals Builders Ltd.'LtoR, Daniel Woollard, Dean Woodward, Todd Cocksedge, Luke Seals, Dave Metcalf, Steven Seals, Steven Osler. ANL-150323-174136009

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Heritage Open Day celebrations will be marked in Downham on Sunday.

Downham Market and District Heritage Society is supporting the national event by opening the doors of the town’s former fire station which is currently being transformed into a new learning and heritage centre.

The society received a total of £446,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to go towards the £650,000 costs of creating the centre, which is set to open next spring.

Building work is nearly complete and visitors will be able to look at the transformation during the open day, which runs from 10am to 1pm.

Project team members will also be on hand to discuss display ideas and gathering feed back on the project and its design.

Chairman of the Trustees Dave Flowers is urging people to come along and support the event.

He said: “September marks another milestone in our exciting project, as the building work will be coming to an end, and we’ll really be able to see the space inside as a blank canvas for our new displays.

“We’re hoping to welcome lots of local people to come and see the changes made so far. We’re also looking for more volunteers to join us, so please come along and have a chat with the project team.”

The centre will house the society’s artefacts, documents and photographs along with providing a flexible activity space and a hub for the area.