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The museum's platoon marches down King Street to the Captain Mainwaring statue on Thetford's Riverside- all pictures by Rod Tregale, Dad's Army Museum Thetford
The museum's platoon marches down King Street to the Captain Mainwaring statue on Thetford's Riverside- all pictures by Rod Tregale, Dad's Army Museum Thetford

The Dad’s Army Museum in Thetford celebrated the 50th anniversary of the hit BBC show last weekend.

The event, tying in with the museum’s 10th year, was opened by 1940s singer, Jayne Darling, and included Morris dancers and a performance by the Jeff Short Swing Band throughout the day.

Rod Tregale, of the museum’s management team, said: “The museum was shocked by the reaction to our day. Attendance at the museum was more than 600 people and there were many more in the Market Place, Guildhall, and at the Captain Mainwaring statue.

“We thank each and every one of our visitors and a very special thanks to our amazing volunteers.”

Dad's Army 50th celebrations in Thetford (3362239)
Dad's Army 50th celebrations in Thetford (3362239)

Inside the Guildhall, artist Steve Lilly unveiled his original artwork of the Dad’s Army cast which was purchased by the museum for its permanent display.

The museum’s platoon then marched down King Street to the Captain Mainwaring statue on the Riverside, where the captain was presented with a medal and certificate from Dutch fans of the show.

More than 600 people went to the Dad's Army Museum on Saturday for the 50th anniversary event (3361702)
More than 600 people went to the Dad's Army Museum on Saturday for the 50th anniversary event (3361702)

Dad’s Army’s first episode, The Man and the Hour, aired on July 31, 1968, and through its nine series it regularly attracted around 18.5 million viewers. The last episode, Never Too Old, aired on November 13, 1977.