Military vehicles go on display at centre’s open day

Long Melford Heritage Centre
Long Melford Heritage Centre
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Long Melford Heritage Centre’s first open day of the year takes place in April, with free valuations taking place and a special display of photos.

The centre, based in the village hall in Hall Street, will be open on Sunday, April 2, from 10am until 4pm.

Organisers hope to have on show a First World War Locomobile Army lorry – one of the last remaining examples in the UK.

There will also be a US Army Jeep, vintage vehicles and several assorted stationary engines, which will be steaming up on the day. 

For the first time, metal detecting expert Darren Clarke will be showing some of his finds and identifying objects free of charge.

In addition to this season’s new displays, the open day will feature a large collection of old photographs of bygone Melford, featuring many aspects of village life.

The pictures – last displayed in around 1973 thanks to village policeman Tom Howlett, who died in 1975 – of farming, industry, pubs and schools will be displayed in the village hall.

Heritage centre founder John Nunn said: “Having had the privilege to know Tom, I am sure he would have been thrilled to bits to know they are being displayed again.”

Following the open day, the centre will be open on Wednesdays (2pm to 4pm), Saturdays (10am to 4pm) and Sundays (noon to 4pm).

Mr Nunn added: “We are keen to enrol new volunteers at the centre to enable this important local attraction to continue, so, if you can spare as little as two hours a month, we would be delighted to hear from you.”

Contact Mr Nunn on 01787 313496 or email nunnjohn@btinternet.com.