A splash of colour and lots of interest on a rainy day

The Gibralter Barracks open day - regimental home of the Royal Anglians.
The Gibralter Barracks open day - regimental home of the Royal Anglians.
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IT MAY have rained, but Daffodil Sunday at Gibraltar Barracks enjoyed a steady stream of visitors who were able to discover the human story behind the military display.

The Suffolk Regimental Museum, in Out Risbygate, stages a day for visitors to enjoy the daffodils planted in the grounds of the former Suffolk Regiment barracks, now headquarters to the Royal Anglians.

The Gibralter Barracks open day - regimental home of the Royal Anglians.    Left to right  -  Mark Forsdike, museum volunteer and Tim Davies, museum attendant.

The Gibralter Barracks open day - regimental home of the Royal Anglians. Left to right - Mark Forsdike, museum volunteer and Tim Davies, museum attendant.

Visitors could enjoy a walk through the woodland and a browse in the museum which was set up in 1935 and was originally somewhere where young soldiers could go to learn about the regiment.

Today, it is staffed by volunteers opening the first and third Wednesday of the month and on the first Sunday.

Taff Gillingham, regimental historian, said: “The museum tells the story of individual soldiers and has a lot of stuff that people don’t normally expect to find in a military museum.”

Among the items on show is a drum, one of three which were secreted in a hat factory in Roubaix, Belgium as the British Army retreated towards Dunkirk in 1940.

The Gibralter Barracks open day - regimental home of the Royal Anglians.

The Gibralter Barracks open day - regimental home of the Royal Anglians.

The Gibralter Barracks open day - regimental home of the Royal Anglians.

The Gibralter Barracks open day - regimental home of the Royal Anglians.