A historic West Norfolk building is set to be reborn with the launch of a new appeal.
November 11 – Remembrance Day – will mark the beginning of a bid to build a new Memorial Pavillion at Snettisham.
The current building was built after World War Two as a way of helping remember those who lost their lives in conflict and it was also ahead of its time as an early form of crowdfunding.
Local councillor Stuart Dark explained: “The whole area clubbed together and found the money to pay for it. The local veterans wanted to do something for their fallen comrades.
“It was also supported by local labour so it was also a case of DIY SOS before its time. The building has been a centrepiece of village life for over 70 years.”
The appeal formally launches today to raise funds for a new building which will be equipped with modern facilities.
It will have a new website with lots of background information and a number of VIPs were in the village to both mark Remembrance Day and the start of the project including the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, the leader of Norfolk County Council, MP James Wilde, and representatives of the village and its sports clubs.
Stuart said: “It will not be our formal Remembrance event as that happens on Sunday but it will be a way to both remember our fallen and also help dedicate ourselves to the task ahead.”