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Swaffham museum says thanks for the memories

PUBLISHED: 09:47 17 July 2009 | UPDATED: 11:21 08 July 2010

It was a case of saying thanks for the memories as more than a dozen Swaffham locals came together at the town's museum on Monday.

It was a case of saying thanks for the memories as more than a dozen Swaffham locals came together at the town's museum on Monday.

With the museum's new seasonal exhibition, Swaffham at War, proving at hit with the public, volunteers brought together just some of those whose wartime memories have helped to shape the show.

Many of those present have recorded their experiences in a special log which visitors can flick through and a special DVD is also on show where people talk to the camera about their roles during the conflict.

Museum volunteer Christine Smith said: “We decide to give a thank you party to all those who have contributed their memories.

“I have been round to many people's houses collecting their recollections and there are still some more to come.

“They will all feature in the exhibition.”

Far from the days of wartime rationing, the afternoon featured cakes in abundance as well as some impromptu musical performances from waiting staff.

John Clarke, who filmed the DVD, said: “It is a way of preserving memories, stories and experiences.

“Everything that we have done will go in the archive so it is there for the future.”

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