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Record crowds transported to bygone era for event at Rougham Control Tower Museum




Rougham Tower Museum 1940s open day''Pictured: Vince (as a USAF pilot) and Jo Bateman ANL-150908-221909009
Rougham Tower Museum 1940s open day''Pictured: Vince (as a USAF pilot) and Jo Bateman ANL-150908-221909009

Record-breaking crowds were transported to a bygone era at Rougham Control Tower Museum as they enjoyed dance demos, vintage vehicles and living history displays.

Hundreds of people flocked to the Echoes of the Past event on Sunday which captured the spirit of war-time with World War One and Home Guard living history displays, the chance to learn the Jitterbug dance as well as see military and vintage vehicles.

Rougham Tower Museum 1940s open day''Pictured: Freya Jervis and David Jervis with his desert campaign Jeep ANL-150908-221805009
Rougham Tower Museum 1940s open day''Pictured: Freya Jervis and David Jervis with his desert campaign Jeep ANL-150908-221805009

There were also talks about the history of the airfield and home defence force, various stalls and the museum itself was open.

The event has been running since 2012 and is organised by the Rougham Tower Association.

Shirley Clark, treasurer for the association, said: “It was our best year yet. Last year was a two day show - we cut it down to one due to work commitments for the committee.

“We had more people coming in this year - they stayed for longer and we had customers come all the way down from Derbyshire.

Rougham Tower Museum 1940s open day''Pictured: Andy Bowles as part of the Observer corps ANL-150908-221717009
Rougham Tower Museum 1940s open day''Pictured: Andy Bowles as part of the Observer corps ANL-150908-221717009

“We were really pleased becuase not only does it bring us money in, it brings us publicity.”

Among the visitors was Janice McGraw, from the US, whose father Norman Purdy flew in the 94th Bomb Group, which was based at Rougham Airfield. He flew a B17 on 15 missions out of Rougham between 1943-44.

Funds raised go towards improving the museum.

Rougham Tower Museum 1940s open day''Pictured: Cliff Hall (Group representative for the 94th bomber group), Janice McGraw and Mayor Patrick Chung.''Janice McGraw's father (Norman Purdy) flew in the 94th bomber group. He flew a B17 on 15 missions out of Rougham between 1943-44. Janice is from the States and is here for the first time ANL-150908-221326009
Rougham Tower Museum 1940s open day''Pictured: Cliff Hall (Group representative for the 94th bomber group), Janice McGraw and Mayor Patrick Chung.''Janice McGraw's father (Norman Purdy) flew in the 94th bomber group. He flew a B17 on 15 missions out of Rougham between 1943-44. Janice is from the States and is here for the first time ANL-150908-221326009


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