Wartime ‘echoes’ are a hit with visitors

Some of those who organised Rougham Tower Association's Echoes of the Past pictured with St Edmundsbury Mayor Julia Wakelam (centre)
Some of those who organised Rougham Tower Association's Echoes of the Past pictured with St Edmundsbury Mayor Julia Wakelam (centre)

Echoes of wartime Suffolk sounded across Rougham airfield on Sunday when Rougham Control Tower Museum staged its Echoes of the Past.

The day attracted many visitors and raised around £2,000 for the work of the tower association which maintains the musum at the former wartime airfield.

Rougham Echoes of the Past. Pete Clark, Hannah Clark & Ellen Clark bring back some memories of yesteryear

Rougham Echoes of the Past. Pete Clark, Hannah Clark & Ellen Clark bring back some memories of yesteryear

Military re-enactors, military and classic vehicles and memorabilia plus a display by Fenland Harley Davidson Club kept everyone entertained.

And there was a chance to be part of a fun human fruit machine as well as enjoying tasty refreshments from the barbecue.

St Edmundsbury Mayor Cllr Julia Wakelam opened the event which is the association’s main fund-raiser.

Rougham Airfield was the base for the Americans in World War Two and home to the 94th Bombardment Group which operated the B-17 Flying Fortress planes.

Colin Corby with his restored Harley Davidson at  Rougham Airfield's  Echoes of the Past.

Colin Corby with his restored Harley Davidson at Rougham Airfield's Echoes of the Past.

Volunteers have been helping restore the tower museum which is open to the public on Sundays between May and November.

The event was organised by David Hardy and Shirley Clark.

Tower Association Chairman, Clint Cansdale, said: “We had a very, very good day. Everyone enjoyed themselves although it was pretty windy for the tents.”

The Human Fruit Machine,  Melanie Austin, Susan Ward  and Claire Austin at Rougham airfield's Echoes of the Past event

The Human Fruit Machine, Melanie Austin, Susan Ward and Claire Austin at Rougham airfield's Echoes of the Past event