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8th in East – Walk

A guided walk and a river cruise will form part of ‘The Eighth in the East’ festival weekend exploring the relationships between local people and the 8th USAAF who were based across East Anglia during the 2nd World War.

The guided walk, “Ipswich in WWII”, on Sunday 19th June starts at University Campus Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront at 10am and will explore what life was like in the county town during the 2nd World War – a story of Military heroes and conscientious objectors, of air raids and rationing. You will discover the huge contribution made by Ipswich companies to the war effort, how American servicemen were accepted in the town and how V.E. Night was celebrated.

The walk will last approximately 90 minutes and costs £4.

A river cruise aboard the Sailing Barge “Victor” departs from outside the Old Custom House at 7pm on Saturday 18th June. Built in Ipswich in 1895, Victor is a surviving “war hero” herself – having been commandeered to serve the Admiralty in both world wars. She was employed to deliver munitions to the Navy warships and survived a direct hit from a bomb dropped by an enemy aeroplane.

The cruise will last two hours and the cost is £20 per person. Victor has a licensed bar on board.

Tickets for both events are available from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, call 01473 258070 or email tourist@ipswich.gov.uk

For further details of all the events taking place over the festival weekend visit www.8theast.org.

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