Spitfires spring up in King’s Lynn ahead of 1940s weekend

King's Lynn Spitfire Trail, planes installed around the town.'This plane has King's Lynn Town Hall as a backdrop ANL-150715-140715009
King's Lynn Spitfire Trail, planes installed around the town.'This plane has King's Lynn Town Hall as a backdrop ANL-150715-140715009

Spitfires are springing up around Lynn as part of a 1940s-themed programme of events this weekend.

The trail and activities have been arranged as part of a programme of events which includes the Lynn air cadets exercising their freedom of the borough for the first time tomorrow.

The parade will start in the Tuesday Market Place at 12.45pm with entertainment beginning from 11.30am. There is also expected to be a Dakota flypast at 2.20pm.

Spitfires and Cpl Jones’ butcher’s van from the television comedy Dad’s Army will be some of the attractions during 40s Lynn: Life of the Home Front event, which takes place on Sunday.

A host of events will be held across the town centre on the day, which runs from 10am to 4pm.

A Grace Spitfire will be flying over the town at 1pm with a Dakota at 2.40pm, while a life-size MK805 Spitfire replica will be touching down in Tuesday Market Place.

West Norfolk Council will also be opening up the air raid shelter beneath the market place and there will be a chance to meet iconic Prime Minister Winston Churchill along with other British and American characters from the time.

Military and civilian vehicles from the time will also be set up on the day and a vintage market is to be held.

Historians from the Docking Heritage Group will be chatting to visitors.

Timescape will be giving musical performances from 10.30am, noon, 1.30pm and 3pm.

A 1940s tea dance, including a lesson, will be held in the Assembly Hall in Lynn Town Hall at 2.30pm.

Other attractions include getting a 40s make-over and learning about the hall’s role during the war, including being a collection point for gas masks.

Families will be able to test out a replica Morrison shelter.

A billetting officer and the black marketeer Sid the Spiv will speak to visitors at the town hall where there will also be tips on surviving on rations.

Staff at Lynn Museum will be running plane modelling activities and offering visitors the chance to have a go at Morse Code.

While in Baxter’s Plain, the original butcher’s van from Dad’s Army will be parked up.