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DISS Park Radio

Diss Museum

Local Fundraising Events

News from Diss Museum

Wednesday 15th April

Wednesday 22nd April

Park Radio Bingo Night @ The Park Hotel, 29 Denmark St Diss IP22 4LE (tel: 01379 642244)

Park Radio Quiz Night @ Costa Coffee, 7 Mere Street Diss IP22 4AD (tel: 01379 652760)

The Park Radio team will be calling out the numbers once again in a style of their own for players to win cash prizes! £5 buys 8 games and “eyes down” is at 7.30pm.

Another new venue, but the same popular quiz night. Starting at 7.30pm, entry is £2 per player with a maximum of 4 players per team.

One day in 2008 I had been looking at a catalogue and thinking that I would like to have a bendy mannequin for the museum. I had some female figures that I bought when a dress shop closed down; but something malleable and male would give me more scope. When I got home there was a letter saying that some insurance money had matured spectacularly. So I shot back to the office and ordered a mannequin Even at special offer it cost me the equivalent of six weeks’ wages; but I knew he would be useful. Even the box will come in handy one day as a coffin, I am quite sure. Since then the figure has featured as: Thomas Paine, Dr. Crippen, Thomas Manning, an American WW2 airman and a British WW1 soldier.

This season he is Mr. Micawber, from Dickens’ David Copperfield. This was one of the characters depicted by the costumed skaters on Diss Mere in the ice carnival of 1891. Skating often took place on the Mere during the severe Victorian winters, giving the inspiration for a museum display. My friend Clive Davies made a model of the surface of the Mere. We have old skates and many pictures.There are also things people might not know – the depth of water and mud, the loss of life in those dark fathoms and the deadly secrets they contain. On a lighter note, the display also features some of Mike Webb’s beloved Mere Quacks characters. The museum is open Wednesday & Thursday afternoons, all day Friday and Saturday, plus Sunday afternoons from May.

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