Raynham Hall near Fakenham – pictured above – is to stage a re-run of a successful auction held in 1982 to raise money for soldiers returning from the Falklands War.
The international sale, at The Stableyards at Marquess Townshend’s home in East Raynham is being organised by David James and Sons, specialist antiques and collectors auctioneers, who organised the Falklands event.
Lord Townshend has his own personal reasons for supporting this fundraising charity in the centenary year of the First World War. He said: “First, and most importantly, is my determination to support the Imperial College London’s Centre for Blast Injury Studies. My friend and co-churchwarden, still a serving senior warrant officer, was a victim of bomb blast injuries in Afghanistan and is currently fighting for his physical improvement and his future.”
After the Great War, his ancestor, General Sir Charles Townshend of Kut, donated a building in Fakenham as a Service Men’s Family club, now the Royal British Legion Club. The current Lord Townshend is a patron and is also president of Fakenham and District RBL branch.