Those keen to delve into their family histories found lots of help and advice available at the first Harleston and District History Fair which took place at St John’s Church in the town on Saturday.
It was organised by Margaret Griffiths, chairman of the Harleston Heritage Group, and Brian Carr, chairman of Pulham Market Society, who decided to step in and organise a fair of their own when they discovered the regular history fair at Attleborough was not going to run this year.
They believed that over 500 people visited throughout the day, which ran from 10am to 4pm and included stands by 22 different heritage groups with displays of local documents and old photographs, how to go about researching social and family history, history in the local area and a complete range of Harleston censuses.
The newly-formed Waveney Archaeological Group was also present.
It was so popular that activities spread out of the church building and into a marquee.
Harleston Museum was also open on the day with a display on the project to rescue an original fire engine which was on duty in the town around 1765.
During the fair, a painting, dating from the late 18th century and depicting the Chapel of Ease which once stood in the Market Place, was presented to the Museum. The picture, which had belonged to a local individual who was moving away from the area, has been fully restored by the Harleston Heritage Group who employed restorer Alice Tallow, and it wll by hung in the museum.