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Lavenham 1940s Commemorative Weekend draws crowds to village




AVENHAM: Commemorative weekend.Lavenham Commemorative Weekend is celebrating the anniversary of the 487th Bombardment Group of the 8th US Army Airforce - which flew 185 missions and more than 6,000 sorties from Lavenham during the second world war. .Sunday is the climax of proceedings and will feature memorabilia and vehicles from the time in the market place. There will also be a wreath laying - to be attended by three surviving US veterans. Tracey Morgan-Lucaswith son Harvey 490th BGHPicture by Mark Westley. (10700652)
AVENHAM: Commemorative weekend.Lavenham Commemorative Weekend is celebrating the anniversary of the 487th Bombardment Group of the 8th US Army Airforce - which flew 185 missions and more than 6,000 sorties from Lavenham during the second world war. .Sunday is the climax of proceedings and will feature memorabilia and vehicles from the time in the market place. There will also be a wreath laying - to be attended by three surviving US veterans. Tracey Morgan-Lucaswith son Harvey 490th BGHPicture by Mark Westley. (10700652)

Lavenham stepped back 70 years in time last weekend to mark events of the Second World War.

The 1940s Commemorative Weekend featured exhibitions, guided walks, talks, sing-alongs and food from the era. The central event on Sunday was a guard of honour parade through Lavenham, which culminated with a service in Market Place. Military vehicles were on display and villagers dressed up.

This was all to honour the 487th Bombardment Group of the 8th US Army Air Force, which was based at Lavenham during the war.

AVENHAM: Commemorative weekend.Lavenham Commemorative Weekend is celebrating the anniversary of the 487th Bombardment Group of the 8th US Army Airforce - which flew 185 missions and more than 6,000 sorties from Lavenham during the second world war. .Sunday is the climax of proceedings and will feature memorabilia and vehicles from the time in the market place. There will also be a wreath laying - to be attended by three surviving US veterans. Hounor guard at the dedicationPicture by Mark Westley. (10700645)
AVENHAM: Commemorative weekend.Lavenham Commemorative Weekend is celebrating the anniversary of the 487th Bombardment Group of the 8th US Army Airforce - which flew 185 missions and more than 6,000 sorties from Lavenham during the second world war. .Sunday is the climax of proceedings and will feature memorabilia and vehicles from the time in the market place. There will also be a wreath laying - to be attended by three surviving US veterans. Hounor guard at the dedicationPicture by Mark Westley. (10700645)

John Pawsey, chairman of Friends of Lavenham Airfield, said: “It went really well, we had a lot of people at the talk and the concert was also well attended. On Sunday we had the gathering and hundreds attended.

AVENHAM: Commemorative weekend.Lavenham Commemorative Weekend is celebrating the anniversary of the 487th Bombardment Group of the 8th US Army Airforce - which flew 185 missions and more than 6,000 sorties from Lavenham during the second world war. .Sunday is the climax of proceedings and will feature memorabilia and vehicles from the time in the market place. There will also be a wreath laying - to be attended by three surviving US veterans. Verterans lay wreaths at the memorial.Picture by Mark Westley. (10700611)
AVENHAM: Commemorative weekend.Lavenham Commemorative Weekend is celebrating the anniversary of the 487th Bombardment Group of the 8th US Army Airforce - which flew 185 missions and more than 6,000 sorties from Lavenham during the second world war. .Sunday is the climax of proceedings and will feature memorabilia and vehicles from the time in the market place. There will also be a wreath laying - to be attended by three surviving US veterans. Verterans lay wreaths at the memorial.Picture by Mark Westley. (10700611)

“This year we had two veterans from the airfield, Raymond Duncan and Charles ‘Stu’ Bachmann, and also Len Manning, a veteran from Lancaster.

“We also had the great support of RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath personnel. It gave the ceremony some gravitas.”

AVENHAM: Commemorative weekend.Lavenham Commemorative Weekend is celebrating the anniversary of the 487th Bombardment Group of the 8th US Army Airforce - which flew 185 missions and more than 6,000 sorties from Lavenham during the second world war. .Sunday is the climax of proceedings and will feature memorabilia and vehicles from the time in the market place. There will also be a wreath laying - to be attended by three surviving US veterans. Sarah Scarr, Jim Woodbine and David TutthillPicture by Mark Westley. (10700647)
AVENHAM: Commemorative weekend.Lavenham Commemorative Weekend is celebrating the anniversary of the 487th Bombardment Group of the 8th US Army Airforce - which flew 185 missions and more than 6,000 sorties from Lavenham during the second world war. .Sunday is the climax of proceedings and will feature memorabilia and vehicles from the time in the market place. There will also be a wreath laying - to be attended by three surviving US veterans. Sarah Scarr, Jim Woodbine and David TutthillPicture by Mark Westley. (10700647)

The event also featured a vintage fair, and there was a coach trip following the service to Long Melford and the airfield.

AVENHAM: Commemorative weekend.Lavenham Commemorative Weekend is celebrating the anniversary of the 487th Bombardment Group of the 8th US Army Airforce - which flew 185 missions and more than 6,000 sorties from Lavenham during the second world war. .Sunday is the climax of proceedings and will feature memorabilia and vehicles from the time in the market place. There will also be a wreath laying - to be attended by three surviving US veterans. Verterans lay wreaths at the memorial.Picture by Mark Westley. (10700649)
AVENHAM: Commemorative weekend.Lavenham Commemorative Weekend is celebrating the anniversary of the 487th Bombardment Group of the 8th US Army Airforce - which flew 185 missions and more than 6,000 sorties from Lavenham during the second world war. .Sunday is the climax of proceedings and will feature memorabilia and vehicles from the time in the market place. There will also be a wreath laying - to be attended by three surviving US veterans. Verterans lay wreaths at the memorial.Picture by Mark Westley. (10700649)

This, the third such gathering, was also raising money to build a memorial in the airfield, featuring the names of the 233 who lost their lives during missions from Lavenham.

AVENHAM: Commemorative weekend.Lavenham Commemorative Weekend is celebrating the anniversary of the 487th Bombardment Group of the 8th US Army Airforce - which flew 185 missions and more than 6,000 sorties from Lavenham during the second world war. .Sunday is the climax of proceedings and will feature memorabilia and vehicles from the time in the market place. There will also be a wreath laying - to be attended by three surviving US veterans. Alan and Kathryn Cordy.Picture by Mark Westley. (10700650)
AVENHAM: Commemorative weekend.Lavenham Commemorative Weekend is celebrating the anniversary of the 487th Bombardment Group of the 8th US Army Airforce - which flew 185 missions and more than 6,000 sorties from Lavenham during the second world war. .Sunday is the climax of proceedings and will feature memorabilia and vehicles from the time in the market place. There will also be a wreath laying - to be attended by three surviving US veterans. Alan and Kathryn Cordy.Picture by Mark Westley. (10700650)

Mr Pawsey said the group was approaching its target and the memorial, likely to cost in the region of £8,500 - £12,500, could be ready for 2020. Friends of Lavenham Airfield is planning another ceremonial event for next year.



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