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Forties fun a step back in time for nostalgic town




Captain Mainwaring and Winston Churchill look-alikes were among those in attendance for a nostalgia filled day of fun on Saturday.

Swaffham’s Dad’s Army Day took place as the town and market were taken back to the 1940s.

A Dad’s Army team paraded through the market with songs and dance to entertain onlookers.

Lance Corporal Jones with his Butcher Van
Lance Corporal Jones with his Butcher Van

Also on parade was the Walmington-on-Sea platoon from the Dad’s Army Museum in Thetford with their unmissable Jones the butcher’s van.

Mayor of Swaffham, Jill Skinner, said: “It was fantastic to see the town and market getting involved in the event, it really brought the Market Place to life.

“The Dad’s Army Team and Timescape singers put on an amazing show and it was great to see the children getting involved.”

Entertaining the crowds, are Timescape Chrissie and John Drury
Entertaining the crowds, are Timescape Chrissie and John Drury

Visitors came in appropriate 40s attire and a new stall, the Wardrobe, enabled people to purchase clothes from the Second World War era.

There were also displays and stalls from military enthusiasts and charities including ‘Memoirs of a Desert Rat’ by Chris and Maureen Page, vehicles from the 40s and the GHQ Auxiliaries, who took over the garden at the White Hart pub.

Councillor Ed Colman said: “It was a great day, the atmosphere was brilliant and everyone I have spoken to really enjoyed themselves.

“The Dad’s Army actors were superb and it was great to see the market so busy.

John Hammond with his 1945 USA Willis Jeep
John Hammond with his 1945 USA Willis Jeep

“I’m sure plans are underway for a third Dad’s Army event next year.

“Well done to the town council for putting it together.”

Sue Dent, project officer for the town council, added: “We were very pleased to welcome local military groups who support our present day armed forces in many different ways.

Alan Kempton as Churchill and Richard Tree as Chief Warden
Alan Kempton as Churchill and Richard Tree as Chief Warden

“It was a great chance to learn about their work and contribute to these great causes. SSAFA, Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes all came along.”



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