This Sunday, Forties Lynn is back, and everyone is invited to come along and join the fun!
The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk’s popular event Forties Lynn: Life on the Home Front returns on 17 July from 10am to 4pm. Once again, the town centre of King’s Lynn will host fun free activities that explore what life was like for those who kept the home fires burning during the Second World War.
Fans of the television series ‘Dad’s Army’ can meet the team from the Dad’s Army museum in Thetford on the Tuesday Market Place, and see Corporal Jones’ butcher’s van, along with a range of other vintage vehicles.
Music performances from Timescape at 10am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:45pm will set the 1940s tone. Visitors can meet British and American wartime characters – including Winston Churchill – as they browse the vintage market.
Visitors will also have a rare chance to explore the air raid shelter beneath the Tuesday Market Place. The tours will be led by the Bridge for Heroes Living History Civil Defence Group. Entry will be free, but there will be a voluntary collection for Bridge for Heroes.
On Baxter’s Plain in the Vancouver Quarter, a 1940s army camp will set up with enactors from the Royal Norfolk Regiment.
In the King’s Lynn Town Hall garden, visitors can meet enactors such as an evacuation billeting officer and an ARP (air raid precautions) warden, and get into the ‘Make Do and Mend’ spirit of the time, by getting tips on surviving on rations, planting a seed as they ‘Dig for Victory’, and collecting a fun ‘sweets ration card’.
Lynn Museum is offering free admission as part of Forties Lynn, and will be offering a range of activities for all ages, including the ever-popular mini-makeover and hairstyling tips from Flamingo Amy. Younger visitors can make a plane for the Spitfire fund, try out Morse code, and collect their sweet rations.
Everyone is encouraged to come along in their best 1940s clothes, and get into the swing of things!
For more information, visit www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/fortieslynn