There was something for everyone at Swaffham on Dad’s Army Day on Saturday 3rd August. The event organised by Swaffham Town Council, saw the town and market taken back to the 40s by the Dad’s Army team who paraded, danced and sang, through Swaffham Market.
Jill Skinner, Mayor of Swaffham said “It was fantastic to see the town and market getting involved in the event, it really brought the Market Place to life. The Dads Army Team and Timescape singers put on an amazing show, and it was great to see the children getting involved.”
The Walmington-on-Sea platoon from the Dad’s Army Museum in Thetford were ‘on parade’ with the unmissable Jones the butchers van. While music from the singing duo Timescape and the Street Organ from Thursford really brought the 40s to life. This year for the first time there were free rides for children on some vintage ‘swing chairs’, today’s generation seemed to enjoy the ‘old fashioned’ thrills and didn’t want to get off at the end of their ride!
There were displays and stalls from military enthusiasts and charities including ‘Memoirs of a Desert Rat’ by Chris and Maureen Page, military vehicles from the time and the GHQ Auxillaries who took over the garden at the White Hart for some secret planning. We were very pleased to welcome local military groups who support our present day armed forces in many different ways including SSAFA, Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.
There was a great choice of food around the Market and town from a special BBQ from Papworths to amazing Afternoon Tea from the Indoor Market café. Thanks to the Red Lion and Pedlars Café who made sure that the platoon were well fed and refreshed throughout the day.
All this alongside the amazing Swaffham Market and Auction.