300 people tour Discover Downham Centre

Discover Downham opening to the public for the first time ANL-160328-192549009
Discover Downham opening to the public for the first time ANL-160328-192549009
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Hundreds of people enjoyed looking around a new heritage centre which opened its doors for the first time this week.

Discover Downham and its range of interactive exhibits proved to be a big hit on Monday.

Discover Downham opening to the public for the first time
John Payne 6 ANL-160328-192600009

Discover Downham opening to the public for the first time John Payne 6 ANL-160328-192600009

Members of Downham and District Heritage Society welcomed more than 300 people to the transformed former fire station.

The Heritage Lottery Fund and Wren gave grants to the £650,000 project.

Trustee Kathleen Wiseman said: “Monday’s opening fulfilled our dreams. We have been waiting for this for a long time and seen it being transformed from a semi-derelict building, which was freezing with black mould on the walls, into something bright, new and shiny.

“The comments we have had from people were favourable.”

Young visitors enjoyed creating fireman’s helmets, making a model of the clock or dressing up a paper fireman.

They were also able to try on an assortment of helmets brought by a crew of Downham firefighters.

Families also enjoyed looking around the range of interactive displays.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Downham Riots, which are explored during the exhibits.

The heritage centre also focuses on Downham’s trade and industry, including horticulture and butter producing.

Wartime and the home front’s efforts are also examined within the exhibits.

Discover Downham, in Priory Road, will now be open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays between 10am-4pm. Entry is free.