1940s tea room adds to Dad’s Army charm

Almost 500 visitors arrived in Thetford on Saturday to see the opening of the newest addition to the Dad’s Army Museum.

The Marigold Tea Rooms echo a 1940s style serving NAAFI tea and cake and all recipes used were authentic wartime including Anzac biscuits and cocoa and beetroot cake.

Many visitors were also in town for the annual reunion of the Dad’s Army Apreciation Society, which met at Bressingham on Sunday.

Special guests to Thetford included Bill Pertwee, who played Warden Hodges, Frank Williams, better known as Timothy Farthing the Vicar, producer David Croft together with locations manager Harold Snoad. Museum tour guide Rodney Tregale said: “Another Dad’s Army event passes, my feet and head ached but what a great day, amazing work by a great team.

“I feel privileged to be part of a great museum and to work with a wonderful group of friends.”

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Marigold Tea Rooms will initially be open only when the museum is open, which is currently every Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

With more volunteers, opening times will increase.

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For further information contact Tourist Information on 01842 751975 or 07802 701911 or visit www.dadsarmythetford.org.uk.

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