Life for the soldiers fighting in the Armed Forces changed forever – but life back in Norfolk changed dramatically too, with evacuees escaping the Blitz to live in homes in our area, women working in industries previously staffed by the men who were now at war, the formation of the land army to grow vital food supplies and the Home Guard patrolling our shores as Norfolk and the nation braced themselves for the very real possibility of invasion by the Axis powers.
If you have memories, pictures or anecdotes from life in North Norfolk during those unforgettable times, or if you are planning any events to commemorate the anniversaries of the Battle of Britain, VE Day or VJ Day, your council would like to hear from you.
Cllr. John Toye said: “As Armed Forces champion working with the council’s Community Support Team, we are trying to gather information about what was going on in North Norfolk around the time of these events. Additionally, we are talking to all groups and organisations that are taking part in these celebrations to try and assist where we can and help others with their planning and finding sources of funding.
“We would like to find out what went on in your towns/villages/parishes during the war while the men and women from the village were away. Who took over the doing of their work? Did the land army work on the farms, did you have buildings that provided billets for service personnel or used as convalescent homes, or for POWs? Were there boat owners that took part in the D-Day landings, was there land that was used as an airfield?
“We would like grassroots stories that have come from those who were left behind or passed it on to the next generation. Our aim is to put these on a map of the parishes in North Norfolk.”
How to share your memories with us:
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North Norfolk District Council