Step back in time for Suffolk Regiment’s daffodil tradition

1956 or 2016? Suffolk Regiment Museum volunteer Mark Forsdike among the daffodils in the uniform of a Suffolk Regiment National Serviceman ANL-160404-111055001
1956 or 2016? Suffolk Regiment Museum volunteer Mark Forsdike among the daffodils in the uniform of a Suffolk Regiment National Serviceman ANL-160404-111055001

The Suffolk Regiment Museum kept up a long standing regimental tradition on Sunday with its annual Daffodil Day opening.

The tradition goes back to when the site behind The Keep in Out Risbygate, Bury St Edmunds was the regimental depot and it was the chance for the regiment to open its doors to the public to see how it operated and to view the host of golden daffodils in the grounds.

Volunteers Mark Forsdike, Colin Smith and Tim Davies outside the Suffolk Regiment Museum, with WW2 jeeps from the Suffolk Military Vehicle Trust ANL-160404-111107001

Volunteers Mark Forsdike, Colin Smith and Tim Davies outside the Suffolk Regiment Museum, with WW2 jeeps from the Suffolk Military Vehicle Trust ANL-160404-111107001

The woodland, with daffodils said to have been there for a century and including varieties now rare, is now part of West Suffolk College’s grounds, but is still part of the open day.

There were guided walks through the day, touring the former sites of the barrack buildings and seeing some of the surviving archaeology. A display of military vehicles was organised by the Suffolk Branch of the Military Vehicle Trust.

The Suffolk Regiment Museum is open on the first and third Wednesday and first Sunday of every month.