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Downham Market man presents collection of WWII postcards to RAF Marham museum

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A man from Downham has loaned 100 Second World War postcards of aircraft to RAF Marham which he has owned since he was a young boy.

Graham Adderson, 72, has brought the postcards full circle, as he first came across them when they were given to his mum by an RAF Marham station commander whose house she cleaned, when he was about seven-years-old.

Over the years, Mr Adderson has kept the postcards in good condition and taken them with him to display them at his workplaces.

Graham Adderson presenting photos to RAF Marham....back Steve Roberts and SQD Leader Phil Sampson..front Graham Adderson. (4258284)
Graham Adderson presenting photos to RAF Marham....back Steve Roberts and SQD Leader Phil Sampson..front Graham Adderson. (4258284)

He said: “When I came up at RAF Marham to be station hairdresser, I took them with me and got them framed.”

Mr Adderson said they were then sent to the RAF Museum at the former Hendon Aerodrome site so the aircraft in the postcards could be named.

At one point, he ran a competition to see if anyone could correctly name all of the aircraft, but only one person came close, getting just one incorrect.

“I was at Marham for some 20 years and then I went in to catering,” he said.

It was then that Mr Adderson opened up Downham Fryer fish and chip shop on Bridge Street, and again, the postcards came with him.

“I thought I’ve got to put them on the wall,” he said.

“I decided we would have to do it properly so I got a guy to mount them in a mahogany frame.”

The frame hung on the wall displaying the collection in the fish and chip shop for 25 years until Mr Adderson sold the shop lease earlier this year.

“I thought it would be quite nice to give them back on a permanent loan to RAF Marham,” he said. “It’s nice for them to go back to where they have come from.”

And so last Tuesday Mr Adderson presented his postcards to RAF Marham’s Aviation Heritage Centre which are on a permanent loan to the museum.

“It is a very interesting museum, I’m not sure if people realise but you don’t have to go through the security system to get to it,” he said.

“An awful lot of work has gone into the museum. You could spend three or four hours in there, it’s extremely interesting.”

Mr Adderson said Antiques Roadshow showed an interest in the postcards when they visited RAF Marham three years ago, and although they didn’t film the postcards, they said each postcard had a value of between £15 to £20, meaning the collection is worth around £1,000.

The museum opens 9am-4pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 9.30am to 4pm on the last Saturday of every month.

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