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Exciting plans gather pace for VE75 Swaffham celebrations

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Swaffham will be transported back three quarters of a century ago as a day of celebrations takes place in the town in May.

A series of activities have been planned by the town council for the VE Day 75 celebrations, marking the anniversary of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender in WWII.

The Market Place will become a hive of 1940s-themed fun including music and dancing, fairground rides and displays.

A day of VE celebrations are planned for Swaffham. Picture: veday75.org
A day of VE celebrations are planned for Swaffham. Picture: veday75.org

Councillor Ian Pilcher, who is involved with the planning, said the children’s funfair rides will be at 1940s prices as a tribute to the era.

This means some rides are expected to be 5p, the equivalent of one shilling.

Vintage vehicles and contemporary stalls will be set up, while a Mayor’s Civic Parade, reception and church service will feature veterans.

Church bells will also be rung along with a ‘national’ proclamation.

Dr Sue Gattuso, manager of the Swaffham Heritage Centre, said they will be setting up a display at the St Peter and St Paul Church.

She said: “We will hopefully have some of our artefacts there for people to come and try.

“There will be lots of bits and pieces as well as cuttings from newspapers.

“The museum will be open as it always is on a Bank Holiday, but we are not doing anything special per se as we do not want to detract from what’s happening on the Market Place.”

The activities are on Friday, May 8 and the town council will be releasing more information in due course.

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