Wartime experience weekend set for Eye

The American Airmen who served at Eye Airfield will be honoured with a memorial, set to be dedicated next year. ANL-150325-114655001

The American Airmen who served at Eye Airfield will be honoured with a memorial, set to be dedicated next year. ANL-150325-114655001

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Eye will turn the clock back by more than 70 years at the start of August, with a wartime experience weekend.

Organised by the 490th Bomb Group Memorial Project, which is aiming to bring a permanent memorial to the US airmen who served at the town’s airfield during the Second World War, a series of events will take place on August 7, 8 and 9.

The Eye Wartime Experience will begin on the Friday at the Community Centre at 7.30pm, with ‘The Friendly Invasion’, presented by historian Clive Stevens. It will look at the United States Army Air Force in East Anglia, as well as the wartime history of Eye Aerodrome. Tickets, £8, are available from 07725 461189 or by emailing 490thmemorial@gmail.com

On the Saturday, a full day of events will be held.

From 10am in Eye town centre and the Community Centre field, there will be static displays of 490th Bomb Group memorabilia, living history displays, historic vehicle display, shop displays, and much more.

At 5pm at The Bank will be the free event ‘In The Groove’, presented by John Davison, while also at 5pm at the community centre will be ‘Chili Over Tokyo!’, a wartime cinema with supper, priced at £5.

The day will conclude at 7.30pm at the town hall with a 40s dance, featuring live music from the Skyliner Swing Band (£12.50).

The following day, at 11am at the town hall, a roll of honour will be unveiled by mayor Maria Ford, commemorating the young men of the 490th who died during the Second World War.

The weekend finishes with military vehicle road run from noon to 4pm, from Progress Way to Halesworth Airfield memorial Museum.

For more information visit www.490th.co.uk