Suffolk war photos on display in Beccles

Suffolk at war exhibition

Suffolk at war exhibition - Credit: Archant

An exhibition showing photographs of Suffolk at war is heading to Beccles.

Hundreds of black and white photographs will be on display at St Michael’s Church showing what life was like for those fighting and for those who stayed at home.

The exhibition, which will take place from next Friday, July 10 to Sunday, July 12, will include images of the Suffolk Regiment serving in India between wars and the Suffolk Women’s Land Army who were based in the Old Rectory in Henstead.

Included will be pictures of Corporal Percy Hall, one of the most decorated Beccles First World War Non Commissioned Officer (NCO), who was awarded the Military Medal and Bar.

The collection belongs to John Allport of Beccles who was loaned the photographs by friends in the county during the 1980s and 1990s. Mr Allport has enlarged them to A4 size and added captions.

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The exhibition will also display east Suffolk village life during the last century, including captioned local wedding photographs.

A table-top sale will also be held which will contain items ranging from glass and china to books and plants. Prices start from 50p.

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Faith Darch, event organiser, said: “We are looking forward to the vast spaces of St Michael’s Church being filled with people enjoying the varied collections of photographs, the refreshments and, of course, buying items from the massive table-top sale.

“There will be plenty to delight the eye and engage the mind, whatever the weather.”

The display and table top sale will be open from 10.30am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday and 2pm to 5pm on Sunday. Admission is free.

Refreshments will be on offer, including homemade cakes.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the congregations of St Michael’s and St Luke’s churches.

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