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Visit this museum you 'orrible lot!

The country's newest museum welcomes the public on Saturday, August 12, when the Second World War Thanks For The Memory attraction opens its doors from 10am to 4pm. The museum, at Freiston Shore will then be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.

For the opening day on Saturday, August 12, there will be a Spitfire flypast at 3.30pm.

Price of admission is: Adults £5, children under 16 £3, concessions £3 and family admission £15 (two adults and two children).

Opening the museum to the public will be a dream come true for Paul and Linda Britchford.

Through their own efforts and an undiminished passion they have turned their mobile We'll Meet Again museum into a new, permanent facility of national importance.

When Paul  is not wearing his sergeant's uniform and barking orders to give visitors a real hands-on experience of the Second World War, he is dressed in overalls, high-vis and hard hat. Together with wife Linda they have turned their hand to the hard work of building their museum from the ground up.

The museum is not where it is by accident. The site is adjacent to the old sea wall upon which remain the best-preserved Second World War defences in the country. Now looking out on reclaimed marsh which forms part of the RSPB reserve are the gun placements, pill boxes and soldiers' accommodation from another age.

Freiston Shore farmer Janet Bland gifted the land for the museum, just a grenade's throw away from the historic gun placements.

There is the main Military Room display hall, Linda's Home Front room, featuring the Land Army Girls and the Ration Book Cafe.

A toilet block has been refurbished to latest standards and includes unique tile mosaics of scenes of yesteryear in  the ladies (Land Army Girls) and the gents (Home Guard Boys).

Paul said: "We have had a letter from Dame Vera Lynn who said she had heard about us and wanted to endorse what we are doing."

The project has had approval from Government, impressed with its educational aspects, and received a £200,000 Treasury grant.

 

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Paul and Linda take a brief break from work to pose alongside their alter egos - the fearsome Sgt B and his flirtatious Land Army Girl.