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Picture gallery: Diss museum opens for new season with political pomp





Political pomp filled the air as Diss Museum reopened for its new season at the weekend.

Members of Palgrave Players – dressed as political heavyweights like Winston Churchill, Karl Marx and Thomas Paine – marked the occasion with a parade through the town.

The Burston strike, which saw children walk out of their school building in protest at the sacking of their beloved teachers Tom and Kitty Higdon in 1914, was also depicted.

The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Outside the museum, spoof speeches were delivered by Roy Preston, who played a communist, and Tony Diamond, who represented Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists from 1932 to 1940.

Museum manager Basil Abbott, who was dressed as Donald Trump, used the event to give three minutes each to parliamentary candidates Richard Rout (Conservative), Ann Reeder (Labour), Adrian Ramsay (Green Party) and Chris Brown (Liberal Democrats).

He said: “The speakers were all excellent and helped to create a great event, full of energy, like a 19th century election.

The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The reopening of Diss Museum. Picture: Mark Bullimore

“Diss will now be in the Waveney Valley constituency, rather than South Norfolk, so it was a good time for a political event.”

This season, there are a number of new displays at Diss Museum.

These include charts on the political history of the area, a look at the town’s football club, Diss staymaker and Rights of Man author Thomas Paine, the 1949 shopping week and the history of the town in 30 objects.

It is open between Monday and Saturday, from 11am to 3pm.



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