On Saturday 22nd September a Dad’s Army themed event was staged in the Market Place in Swaffham. The event was organised by the town council in conjunction with the Red Lion pub, who hosted the museum team including its famous Jones van. Several other businesses also supported the day, including Impsons and Papworths butchers, the Plowright Place shopping precinct, Starlings and Mother Hubbard’s.
Attractions included a stall supporting the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, a Memoirs of a Desert Rat display by Chris Page, a display by Neil Hannant of the Allied Star re-enactment group, music by George Cushing and children’s fairground rides.
Sue Dent, events and projects support officer for the Swaffham and Watton town councils, said:
“It was an excellent day. The town centre and market were really buzzing with lots of visitors in 40s dress. The Dad’s Army team were fantastic and put on a great show.The Timescape singing duo John & Chrissie Drury really took the town back in time with 40s classics and some rousing audience participation, not to mention dancing, I’ll swear we had a 40s ‘flash mob’ going at one point.”