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Helping hand for woman who fainted was vintage Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 13:19 17 September 2019 | UPDATED: 13:19 17 September 2019

A scene from the Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade. Bystanders in costume helped a woman who passed out near the High Street on the Saturday. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

A scene from the Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade. Bystanders in costume helped a woman who passed out near the High Street on the Saturday. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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If you opened your eyes to see a man in Second World War-era Red Cross kit leaning over you as you lay on the pavement, you be justifiably confused as a chameleon in a bag of skittles.

But luckily it all made sense in a matter of seconds for Pauline Freeman, who was visiting the 1940s festival in Sheringham on Saturday when she collapsed.

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Mrs Freeman, in her 60s, said she wanted to thank the people in period costume who came to her aid after she passed out.

She said: "We were sitting just off the High Street and all of a sudden I began to feel a bit faint, and then the next thing I knew I was laying on the pavement. I was out for about 10 minutes. When I came to there was a man in costume leaning over me with a red cross on his arm. He said: 'Don't worry, I am a real first aider!'"

Mrs Freeman, from Market Harborough in Leicestershire, who was staying in Trimingham with husband Melvyn, quickly recovered.

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