Author event - John Bridges
23rd February 2019, 10am - 1pm
John Bridges’ book A Suffolk Town in Wartime: Framlingham 1939-45 looks at the arrival of evacuees, the declaration of war through to the demolition of pillboxes and air raid shelters.
The book contains fascinating detail from Framlingham’s wartime history, including the work of the local Air Raid Precautions, bombing raids, the billeting of soldiers, the arrival of the US Air Force at Parham and more.
Mr Bridges' family’s Framlingham connection dates back to the early 18th century. In this book he has called upon his local knowledge and discovered unrecorded experiences of local men and women from that time. He has also analysed many documents, some of them rare official publications, and in doing so has produced an important record for our increased understanding of wartime conditions in a small Suffolk town, always close to the front line and, on occasion, within the danger zone.