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Opening date for Downham Market heritage centre

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Downham Market 'Town Sign ENGANL00120140602124115

A decade of hard work will be culminating later this month when a heritage centre finally opens its doors to the public.

Downham and District Heritage Society members are looking forward to showing residents around the Discover Downham Centre on Monday, March 28.

The society has been working hard for 10 years to convert the town’s former Fire Station into a £650,000 heritage and learning centre.

Renovations to the building were completed last year and now volunteers are busy adding the finishing touches to the interior.

Society member Christine Austin is over the moon with the centre.

She said: “It is very exciting and it is looking really nice.

“We have still got a lot of work to do but it will be good to be open once more.”

Builders Steven Seals began work in April on converting the building and were able to hand over the keys to the society in October.

The society moved out of its base at Downham Town Hall last year and have been fitting busy fitting out their new home with a host of displays.

Mrs Austin said: “The glass panels have made a huge difference and the display cases have come out really well.”

The displays will showcase how Downham developed from a Saxon settlement to a thriving market town, along with highlighting the trades, industries and shops which have helped shaped the streets.

The opening will also include a host of activities for families with children.

The society will also be hoping to attract new members and volunteers.

Mrs Austin said: “The event is for people to come in and have a look around.

“The children’s activities will be something we haven’t be able to do before as we didn’t have the premises and it is a taster of what we will be doing with schools.”

The centre will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

Discover Downham will be open on Monday, March 28, from 10.30am- 11.30am and 2pm -3pm.

Refreshments will be served.

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