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Forties Lynn: Life on the Home Front

4 female munitions factory workers by a vintage car in the Tuesday Market Place

Sunday 22 July 2018

10am to 4pm

Tuesday Market Place, Lynn Museum and King's Lynn Town Hall

This popular event returns to take visitors back in time to the 1940s, to discover what life was like for residents of Lynn during the Second World War.

Activities will take place around the town centre, including:

Tuesday Market Place

  • meet the team from the Dad's Army museum, Thetford, along with the original Corporal Jones' butcher's van
  • take a guided tour around the air raid shelter beneath the Tuesday Market Place
  • a display of military and civilian vehicles, and vintage bicycles, including a life-size replica MK805 Spitfire
  • big band classics performed live by the Eddie Seales Big Band
  • performances of songs, sirens and stirring speeches from Timescape
  • 1940s army camp with enactors from the Royal Norfolk Regiment Living History Group
  • fish and chips, and cold drinks from the Little Bubbles Co mobile bar

Town hall

  • a 1940s tea dance and dance lessons
  • a 1940s-style café serving tea, coffee and cakes
  • collect a ration card with sweet coupons for children and discount vouchers for adults
  • 40s makeovers with Flamingo Amy
  • view the Lynn Bomb Map, a 2-metre high map from the 1940s showing every bomb that fell on Lynn

Lynn Museum

  • free entry
  • fascinating displays about life on the home front
  • activities for children
  • meet a host of 40s characters, including Winston Churchill - enactors dressed in British and American uniform, and civilian styles