Crowds line streets for Norfolk museum's royal reopening event
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Crowds dressed in Edwardian costumes flocked to a Norfolk town's museum reopening for a special reenactment event.
Diss Museum on Market Place in the town made a "royal return" on Saturday, March 12 after being shut for two years following the coronavirus outbreak.
Its museum manager Basil Abbott organised an event to celebrate King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, who passed through the east end of Diss on their way to stay at Oakley Park in 1866, when they were Prince and Princess of Wales.
It was the town's only royal visit.
But 156 years on, Diss was transported back in time as around 100 people lined the streets outside the museum on Saturday, many in Edwardian costume, to welcome the 'royal couple' depicted by Bernard Thorndyke and Keshar Whitelock.
They were also greeted by town mayor Eric Taylor and presented with flowers by Arthur, 7, and Ivy, 6, before red tape was cut to reopen the museum.
Mr Abbott, who acted as master of ceremonies, said: “It was a terrific event and the perfect start to the town’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.”