The Exchange, Vintage and Antiques, in Harleston, has a display in the mall featuring Spitfires, Avro Lancasters and a Concord

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A Concorde can be seen taking flight once more as it flies past hundreds of soldiers in full dress parade through the mall – at an antique shop in Harleston.

Visitors to The Exchange, Vintage and Antiques can now see over 1,000 miniature figurines, painstakingly assembled for display in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Royal Marines, Police and Royal Coaches containing the Queen and Queen Mother make up the display, with Spitfires, Avro Lancasters and a Concord flying overhead.

Paul Allum spent more than 10 hours reassembling the screen. Photo: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.

Ahead of Jubilee celebrations this month, manager Paul Allum spent more than 10 hours reassembling the figurines, which had spent years at his late father-in-law Peter Sindall’s home at Old Buckenham.

“Peter had a history of working with the military and a real interest in pageantry,” said Mr Allum, who lives in Harleston.

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The characters had spent years in Mr. Allum’s stepfather’s house in New Buckenham. Photo: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.

“He had a large collection of military toys and figurines, which he had collected, so with the platinum jubilee approaching, I thought this was a perfect opportunity to show his collection to the public.”

Mr Sindall was a well-known figure throughout South Norfolk through his work setting up Onward Enterprises – a social enterprise dedicated to providing employment for people with learning difficulties – which earned him an MBE in 2008.

He died on December 3, 2017, of a stroke and pneumonia.

The display celebrates 70 years of British life - including a Concord flying overhead.  Photo: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.
The display celebrates 70 years of British life – including a Concord flying overhead. Photo: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.

“It was always his idea to show the soldiers to a wider audience,” said Mr Allum, 54. “Unfortunately, that never happened in his lifetime.

“He would have been very proud and delighted with the response and would have been very keen to engage with people about it.”

The presentation is on view for the rest of the month and has so far proven to be a hit with visitors.

The Queen and Queen Mother can be seen traveling in a carriage along the Mall.  Photo: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.
The Queen and Queen Mother can be seen traveling in a carriage along the Mall. Photo: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.

“The response has been incredible,” Mr. Allum added. “It was one of the passions of Peter’s life, so it’s good for him to get this recognition.”




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