King’s Lynn Military Museum needs you

Military Museum King�"s Lynn, Names from left, Grant Ellis ( Radio Op ) John Todd, Mike Taylor and Martin Strals. ANL-150215-100959009
Military Museum King�"s Lynn, Names from left, Grant Ellis ( Radio Op ) John Todd, Mike Taylor and Martin Strals. ANL-150215-100959009
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Do you fancy yourself as someone who could walk the streets of Lynn re-enacting the Second World War’s Civil Defence Group? Yes? Then look no further.

Lynn’s Military Museum has recently formed the Living History Civil Defence Group in association with the Bridge for Heroes charity, and are looking for volunteers.

The re-enactment group take their inspiration from the air wardens of the Second World War, and if you join them, you can wear the genuine uniform of the day.

Not only that, but you will be involved with the opening and running of air raid shelters in the Tuesday Market Place, helping with meetings in the museum and organising guided tours within Lynn town centre.

These tours, or ‘Bomb Walks’, will lead the public through the various locations which were bombed by the Luftwaffe, the Nazi German air force, during the war.

If you’re considering joining the group, but are worried that you have no previous experience, that shouldn’t hold you back. The group will provide all necessary training and equipment.

Age isn’t an issue either. The group are looking for people aged 18 and over, and currently have volunteers aged between 19 and 93.

The junior troop are recruiting members between 14 and 18 years old, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that this group might be less hands-on. But this isn’t the case, as the group are planning a trip to Germany in the spring to commemorate The Fallen of the First World War and its trench warfare with their German peers.

Member Martin Strals said: “It gets people talking when they see us in our uniform,” which involves a blue overall, a helmet and a bag with a gas mask inside.

But Mr Strals wants everyone to be aware that this is in fact a re-enactment group, and not the real deal.

He said: “We’re not going to be banging on people’s doors at 11pm telling you to turn your lights out.”

There are no upfront costs to join, but there is a minimum fee of £5 per month to go towards equipment costs. Both groups are looking to take on volunteers, and if you think you might fit the bill, then you can email: contact@thebridgeforheroes.org or phone: 0300 111 2030.