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September 2019 marks the 80 anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War and John Bridges will be giving a presentation of life in Framlingham during that period.

This will be based around his book, A Suffolk Town in Wartime, Framlingham 1939 to 1945 and considers the many changes and local events that took place. Most towns had ARP, Fire, Police and Ambulance preparations in hand before war broke out, but the provision of air raid shelters and a siren in Framlingham would not become a reality until much later, by which time lives had been lost.

The illustrated talk includes additional images not in the book along with sound effects, and will cover many subjects including Evacuees, Invasion threat, Defence of the town, Home Guard, ARP, War Ag, Bombing raids, Rationing and more. John Bridges is President of the Framlingham & District Local History & Preservation Society. His interest in family history has enabled him to trace his origins in the town back to the 1720s when his five-time great grandfather Silvanus set up as a blacksmith in Double Street.

Doors open at 6.30pm with drinks available.