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Bygone days celebrated in heritage-mad town

PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 December 2019 | UPDATED: 16:23 01 December 2019

Heritage centre stall. Pictures: supplied by Diana Velhagen

Heritage centre stall. Pictures: supplied by Diana Velhagen

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History is big business in North Walsham and the town's heritage centre hosted a stall in the Market Place ahead of the Christmas lights switch-on.

North Walsham celebrates its heritage. Bob Wright, Diana Velhagen, Gordon Cannell and Kate Purdy as a WW2 nurse. Pictures: supplied by Diana VelhagenNorth Walsham celebrates its heritage. Bob Wright, Diana Velhagen, Gordon Cannell and Kate Purdy as a WW2 nurse. Pictures: supplied by Diana Velhagen

The theme was 'From bygone days' and various artefacts held in North Walsham Heritage and Information Centre's collection, showcasing aspects of the town's history, were on display.

Items included historical toys, entertainment, food and drink, timekeeping, and shoes, and many Christmas memories collected from the town's residents were available to read.

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There was a 'Guess the mystery object from bygone days?' competition and a chance to sample different sweets from bygone days that are still available today.

Bob Wright as a medieval peasant promoting the July 2020 festival “Battle for North Walsham, 1381, Revisited”, and Gordon Cannell as a British paratrooper promoting the North Walsham street party on May 8, 2020,  Pictures: supplied by Diana VelhagenBob Wright as a medieval peasant promoting the July 2020 festival “Battle for North Walsham, 1381, Revisited”, and Gordon Cannell as a British paratrooper promoting the North Walsham street party on May 8, 2020, Pictures: supplied by Diana Velhagen

Volunteers dressed in medieval costume and a suffragette protested the absence of women on a North Walsham electoral roll of 1865 and showed an example of anti-suffragette publications from 1906.

The heritage centre in Vicarage Street is open during the winter months on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am-2pm.

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