‘Don’t panic!’ - Jones’s van unveiled on day of events

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A iconic piece of sitcom history was welcomed back to Thetford on Saturday as a fund-raising appeal to raise the £60,000 it cost began.

Jones’s Van, a prop from BBC series, Dad’s Army, was unveiled after a revamp as it made the journey from the Charles Burrell Museum to Dad’s Army Museum in Cage Lane.

The 1935 Ford Box van was the main attraction on a day which saw the 10th Suffolk Regiment Home Guard assemble to mark its arrival.

Corinne Fulford, manager of the Dad’s Army Museum, said: “Both museums have worked very hard on displays this year and they all looked fantastic.

“The star of the day was of course the return of Jones’s van and we couldn’t be more pleased with the reception she received.

“To be joined by so many Home Guard was a real honour and a very fitting tribute.”

An appeal to repay the Jenkins and Pearson families - who loaned £63,100 to pay for the van - has already raised £20,000.

Merchandise including a miniature Jones’s Van - priced £9.95 - have helped reach the figure.

Mike Wabe, the new town crier, also made his debut to keep visitors abreast of the day’s goings on.

An Easter Egg-cellent Adventure kept young and old busy, while music was provided by DJ Texas Tommy.