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The original butcher's van used by Lance Corporal Jack Jones in the popular sitcom Dad's Army has come home to Walmington-on-Sea. The 1935 Ford Box van was bought at auction for £63,100 by officials from the Dad's Army Museum in Thetford.

The money was put forward by Trevor and Mavis Jenkins and the Pearson family after an appeal by the museum for a “generous benefactor”. The money will now be paid back at a later date from fundraising efforts. The van, auctioned at Bonhams, had been expected to fetch between £20,000 and £30,000.

The museum is now raising money to repay the money to the Jenkins & Pearson families and for the up keep of this wonderful machine.

If you would like to help Dad's Army Museum with their latest project, please contact Leaping Hare TIC on 01842 751975 or 07802 701911 or email info@dadsarmythetford.org.uk

You can make a donation to our 'Jones's Van Appeal` here

You can made a general donation to the museum funds at the bottom of this page.  

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For nine years from 1968 Thetford became Walmington on Sea,home of Dad`s Army.

This museum shows the story of Dad`s Army in Thetford and the town`s Home Guard.

 

The Dad`s Army Trail was launched in 2004,showing the locations used for the filming in the town,coach parties started to arrive later in the year.

 

In 2005 a special DVD,Extra Time,was made telling the story of some of the people of Thetford who were extras in the show.

 

The town did not celebrate the filming except for a small collection of photographs inside the Bell Hotel.

 

In 2007 the town council agreed that a room at the rear of the Guildhall (used to film 2 episodes) could be used as a museum,writer and

producer,David Croft came to the town and opened the museum on December 7th.

 

Over the next year thousands came to have a look,so many that the museum went back to the council to ask for more space,they kindly agreed,and at Easter 2009 the new enlarged museum opened.

In 2011 we opened the Marigold Tea Room,come and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of war time style cake.

 

The museum is open every Saturday (Easter until early December) from 10am until 3pm,entry is free.

The museum will also be open every Tuesday in School holidays from 10am until 3pm .

Plus other dates as advertised.

We can be found in Cage Lane,Thetford IP24 2DS (details on the link below).

 

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Museum donations can be made here