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Royal Mail celebrates Dad’s Army anniversary in Thetford

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:27 12 June 2018

Captain Mainwaring on the new Royal Mail stamps. PHOTO: Royal Mail.

Captain Mainwaring on the new Royal Mail stamps. PHOTO: Royal Mail.

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After five decades the popularity of Dad’s Army endures, nowhere more so than in Norfolk where much of the show as filmed.

Chief Warden Hodges on the new Royal Mail stamps. PHOTO: Royal Mail.Chief Warden Hodges on the new Royal Mail stamps. PHOTO: Royal Mail.

And now the ever popular comedy is to add another element to its legacy through the Royal Mail’s new set of stamps celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The eight stamps will honour the key characters, together with their most memorable catchphrases.

Stuart Wright, chairman of the Dad’s Army Museum, which opened in Thetford in December 2007, said the stamps, to be released on June 26, were “a great opportunity for us as a museum to get involved in the 50th anniversary”.

Royal Mail visited the Dad’s Army Museum earlier this month to make a promotional video where volunteers dressed as the show’s characters carried blown up copies of them around the town.

Corporal Jones on the new Royal Mail stamps. PHOTO: Royal Mail.Corporal Jones on the new Royal Mail stamps. PHOTO: Royal Mail.

Mr Wright said: “It will raise the profile of the museum even more. Last Saturday we had 237 people visit between 10am and 3pm. We are on the national radar and we are hoping with it being the 50th anniversary and our 10th anniversary it will be our busiest year ever.”

Dad’s Army was a BBC sitcom about the antics of a British Home Guard unit during the Second World War in the fictional seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea, broadcast from 1968 to 1977.

The sitcom’s exterior scenes were mostly filmed in and around the Stanford Training Area (STANTA), near Thetford.

The sitcom ran for nine series and 80 episodes in total, and there was also a radio version based on the television scripts as well as two feature films.

Private Frazer on the new Royal Mail stamps. PHOTO: Royal Mail.Private Frazer on the new Royal Mail stamps. PHOTO: Royal Mail.

In its 1970s heyday the show regularly attracted more than 18m viewers, becoming one of the most watched television programmes of its time.

Ian Lavender, the only surviving member of the Home Guard actors, said of the stamps: “It’s overwhelming.

“So unexpected. When you’re young you may dream of many things but one never thinks there is a possibility of being on a stamp!”

Philip Parker, of Royal Mail, said: “Few TV comedies have inspired as much affection, or given us as many catchphrases, as Dad’s Army. We hope these new stamps will raise plenty of smiles.”

Private Godfrey on the new Royal Mail stamps. PHOTO: Royal Mail.Private Godfrey on the new Royal Mail stamps. PHOTO: Royal Mail.

The stamps can be pre-ordered from www.royalmail.com/dadsarmy and will be available from 7,000 Post Offices nationwide.

Private Pike on the new Royal Mail stamps. PHOTO: Royal Mail.Private Pike on the new Royal Mail stamps. PHOTO: Royal Mail.

Private Walker on the new Royal Mail stamps. PHOTO: Royal Mail.Private Walker on the new Royal Mail stamps. PHOTO: Royal Mail.

Sergeant Wilson on the new Royal Mail stamps. PHOTO: Royal Mail.Sergeant Wilson on the new Royal Mail stamps. PHOTO: Royal Mail.

The new Royal Mail Dad's Army stamps. PHOTO: Royal Mail.The new Royal Mail Dad's Army stamps. PHOTO: Royal Mail.

Dad's Army re-enactment platoon at The Dad's Army Museum, Thetford. 2 June 2018.Dad's Army re-enactment platoon at The Dad's Army Museum, Thetford. 2 June 2018.

Dad's Army re-enactment platoon at The Dad's Army Museum, Thetford. 2 June 2018.Dad's Army re-enactment platoon at The Dad's Army Museum, Thetford. 2 June 2018.

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