Cheers! Marham heritage centre celebrates Tornado gin donation
Heritage volunteers at RAF Marham have raised a toast after a special commemorative tipple helped to raise vital funds to help continue their work.
The Wild Knight Distillery launched its Tornado Gin in Marham, close to the base where the famous fighter jet was stationed for nearly four decades, in the summer.
Now, bosses from the Beachamwell-based operation have been to the station’s Aviation Heritage Centre to hand over a donation of £1,675, which has been raised from its sales so far.
And the centre’s curator, Steve Roberts, said the cash is crucial to the centre as the museum sector continues its recovery from the coronavirus crisis.
He said: “It’s going to go a long way to helping us get back on our feet.”
Archivist Ken Delve said the donation would be used to improve the centre’s existing displays, as well as the creation of new interactive exhibits.
Although the centre remains open all year round, most of the improvement works take place through the winter when visitor numbers tend to be lower.
And Mr Delve added: “It [the donation] allows us to plan ahead.”
A commemorative run of 501 bottles of the Tornado Gin was launched at Marham’s village fun day in August, with up to £5 from the sale of each one being donated to the centre.
Officials from the distillery say around 100 bottles are still available.
Bottles are £38 each and are available via www.wildknightdistillery.co.uk.