Yarmouth Minster commemorates WWII raid
2017: The Minster Preservation Trust in Great Yarmouth is launching a series of events based on a 1940’s theme to remember the Incendiary Raid on St Nicholas’ Church 75 years ago.
The raid, which caused great sorrow in the town, occurred on Sunday June 25, when St Nicholas was hit with several incendiary bombs with the result that it was gutted by the ensuing fire.
From June 23 until July 12, from 10am to 3pm daily, there will be an Exhibition of Great Yarmouth in the Second World War, put together by the Great Yarmouth Local History and Archaeological Society.
On Saturday June 24 at 7.30pm, the Jonathan Wyatt Big Band will perform with tunes from the 1940s. including numbers made famous by the bands of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
On Sunday June 25 at 11am, there will be a civic commemorative service, followed by a 1940’s Fair in the Market Place from 12 noon to 4pm. This will involve the Dad’s Army Platoon from Thetford, a Churchill impersonator, 1940s songsters, Great Yarmouth Brass Band, vintage vehicles, many stalls, the 1949 Great Yarmouth blue bus etc. In the evening at 7pm, the Holy Eucharist will be presided over by the Bishop of Norwich with organ music supported by the choir of the Horatio Singers.
On Friday June 30 at 7.30pm, the Jive Bunnies will be performing, specialising in Swing Jive, Lindy Hop and Balboa to the great sound of the 30's 40’s and 50's. Basic tuition in jiving will be given during the evening.
On Saturday July 1 at 3pm, professional singer Miss Kitty Collins will sing a tribute to the 1940s and 1950s. Refreshments will be available.
All the events will take place in The Minster Church of St. Nicholas, Church Plain, Great Yarmouth, NR30 1NE. The Trust has been fortunate in being awarded a Big Lottery Grant, so all these events are free of charge to attend.
For more information, visit Network Yarmouth.
The image of Yarmouth Minster is courtesy of http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk
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