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Docking exhibition expanded

DETONATOR CAP OF A BOMB DROPPED by a Zeppelin on Hunstanton on January 19, 1915 ANL-140819-165706001

DETONATOR CAP OF A BOMB DROPPED by a Zeppelin on Hunstanton on January 19, 1915 ANL-140819-165706001

The Let ’Em All Come exhibition of First World War images at the Ripper Hall in Docking has been enlarged to include the story of the Zeppelin attack on West Norfolk.

That night in January 1915 saw Zeppelin L3 attack Yarmouth with L4 bombing Heacham, Snettisham and King’s Lynn.

It was the first time enemy bombs were dropped on Britain – an attack that resulted in the first four deaths from bombs dropped by Zeppelins; two in Yarmouth and two in King’s Lynn

The display includes the detonator cap (pictured) of the one bomb dropped on Hunstanton that fell close to Hunstanton Lighthouse and fortunately did not explode.

The exhibition also includes a major display of the Lovat Scouts’ visit to Hunstanton when they came to protect the North-West Norfolk coastline and to train for their next mission in Gallipoli. That training included building elaborate systems of trenches at Docking that are now being restored.

Photographs include a picture and the story of Simon ‘Shimi’ Lovat, in Hunstanton, who became one of the great heroes of the WW2 D-Day landings on Sword Beach when he crossed the beach with his personal piper leading the Commando assault.

The exhibition is open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am-4pm. A special day with free entrance to all Royal British Legion members will open at 11am tomorrow.

 

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