History brought to life at shopping centre


Second World War mobile museum ‘We’ll Meet Again’ will be making its way to The Hildreds Shopping Centre to educate and enlighten shoppers.

From July 21-26 unit 9 will be transformed in to a ‘living’ museum by owners Paul and Linda Britchford to help raise money for the ABF - The Soldiers’ Charity.

“We are very excited about creating a shop from the 1940s with packets and tins of authentic food from that era so that visitors to The Hildreds can come and see what was rationed during the war,” said Paul.

“The shop itself will have blast tape fitted to the windows and sand bags around its base to add to the authenticity. We will also be in full Second World War uniform throughout the week. There will be demonstrations and talks about life on the Home Front and some lucky visitors will also have the chance to try on the various uniforms and handle the equipment.”

Centre manager, Steve Andrews, added: “The event will be educating, fun and interactive. We are delighted that the funds raised by the displays will go to the soldiers’ charity.”

Preparations are also under way at The Hildreds Shopping Centre to help raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

During Lifeboat Week (July 21-27), the centre will once again display its iconic 16ft model of the Lincolnshire Poacher lifeboat to increase awareness of the charity.