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Sheringham Park visitors step back in time at annual living history weekend

PUBLISHED: 17:09 12 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:18 12 August 2017

WW2 Women's Timber Corps 'Lumberjill' Fiona Kay builds a fire ready to cook sausages and bacon at Sheringham Park's annual living history weekend. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

WW2 Women's Timber Corps 'Lumberjill' Fiona Kay builds a fire ready to cook sausages and bacon at Sheringham Park's annual living history weekend. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

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Visitors to Sheringham Park had a chance to meet wartime workers ranging from a farmer’s wife, to a pair of Women’s Timber Corps ‘Lumberjills’, at an annual living history weekend organised by a team of National Trust staff and volunteers.

WW2 Women's Timber Corps 'Lumberjill' Fiona Kay at work at Sheringham Park sawmill during the north Norfolk beauty spot's annual living history weekend. Picture: KAREN BETHELLWW2 Women's Timber Corps 'Lumberjill' Fiona Kay at work at Sheringham Park sawmill during the north Norfolk beauty spot's annual living history weekend. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Other characters on hand to chat to walkers included an Edwardian lady and her gardener, played by Sheringham Park volunteers Charlotte Slade and Django Robinson, and a member of the Home Guard, played by archaeologist and Sheringham Park ranger Rupert Eris, who first came up with the idea of holding the event six years ago.

WW2 Women's Timber Corps 'Lumberjill' Emma Powley at work at Sheringham Park sawmill during the north Norfolk beauty spot's annual living history weekend. Picture: KAREN BETHELLWW2 Women's Timber Corps 'Lumberjill' Emma Powley at work at Sheringham Park sawmill during the north Norfolk beauty spot's annual living history weekend. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Organising team member Claire Hack, who works at Felbrigg Hall visitor centre, said: “Sheringham Park is obviously the most amazing place for natural history but there are so many different layers that many people have no idea about, so the living history event gives us an opportunity to highlight that.”

WW2 Women's Timber Corps 'Lumberjills' Emma Powley and Fiona Kay at work at Sheringham Park sawmill during the north Norfolk beauty spot's annual living history weekend. Picture: KAREN BETHELLWW2 Women's Timber Corps 'Lumberjills' Emma Powley and Fiona Kay at work at Sheringham Park sawmill during the north Norfolk beauty spot's annual living history weekend. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The living history event continues on Sunday from 11am-4pm. Free entry, with £2 payable for a children’s history trail.

Sheringham Park ranger Rupert Eris and Felbrigg Hall staff member Claire Hack dressed as a Home Guard member and a Lumberjull at an annual living history weekend they helped organise. Picture: KAREN BETHELLSheringham Park ranger Rupert Eris and Felbrigg Hall staff member Claire Hack dressed as a Home Guard member and a Lumberjull at an annual living history weekend they helped organise. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

To find out about volunteering opportunities at Sheringham Park, phone the visitor centre on 01263 820550.

Sheringham Park volunteers Charlotte Slade and Django Robinson as an Edwardian lady and her gardener. Picture: KAREN BETHELLSheringham Park volunteers Charlotte Slade and Django Robinson as an Edwardian lady and her gardener. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Park volunteers Charlotte Slade and Django Robinson as an Edwardian lady and her gardener. Picture: KAREN BETHELLSheringham Park volunteers Charlotte Slade and Django Robinson as an Edwardian lady and her gardener. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Park volunteers Charlotte Slade and Django Robinson as an Edwardian lady and her gardener. Picture: KAREN BETHELLSheringham Park volunteers Charlotte Slade and Django Robinson as an Edwardian lady and her gardener. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

WW2 Women's Timber Corps 'Lumberjill' Fiona Kay demonstrating sawing techiniques to seven-year-old Sam Bethell. Picture: KAREN BETHELLWW2 Women's Timber Corps 'Lumberjill' Fiona Kay demonstrating sawing techiniques to seven-year-old Sam Bethell. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Park ranger Ed Smith dressed as a sawmill worker for the north Norfolk beauty spot's annual living history weekend. Picture: KAREN BETHELLSheringham Park ranger Ed Smith dressed as a sawmill worker for the north Norfolk beauty spot's annual living history weekend. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Well-known historian and writer Neil Storey explains the origins of a Bronze Age axe head at Sheringham Park's annual living history weekend. Picture: KAREN BETHELLWell-known historian and writer Neil Storey explains the origins of a Bronze Age axe head at Sheringham Park's annual living history weekend. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

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