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Jimmy Perry remembered at Dad's Army Museum

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard

Among those paying tribute to comedy writer Jimmy Perry - who died yesterday at the age of 93 - are volunteers at the Dad's Army Museum in Thetford.

Jimmy Perry co-created the sitcom - which first aired in 1968 - not realising it would still keep the nation laughing nearly 50 years later.

Dad's Army was filmed in Thetford, where a statue of lead character Captain Mainwaring serves as a permanent reminder of the part the town played in the making of the show.

"We are a tight community at the Dad's Army here. We've got good volunteers.

"Jimmy Perry was the one who started it all, along with David Croft, who unfortunately is no longer with us either. So I would imagine we're all feeling a bit sad."

– Mick Whitman, Dad's Army Museum Thetford

Former Hi-de-Hi actor pays tribute to Jimmy Perry

A former Hi-de-Hi actor has paid tribute to the show's creator Jimmy Perry, who died yesterday at the age of 93.

He co-created several classic sitcoms, included Dad's Army, fimed in Thetford.

David Webb, from Manningtree, worked with him on Hi-de-Hi, which was as filmed in the seaside town Dovercourt in Essex.

"He loved watching his repeats on the television - Dad's Army is forever on the television and Hi-de-Hi is running also at the moment.

"He loved all that and he was very proud of his programmes, rightly so."

– David Webb, Former Hi-De-Hi actor


Dad's Army co-creator Jimmy Perry dies

Dad's Army co-creator Jimmy Perry Credit: PA

Dad's Army co-creator Jimmy Perry has died at the age of 93.

He co-wrote a host of classic sitcoms including Dad's Army which was filmed in Thetford and Hi De Hi which was filmed in the seaside town Dovercourt in Essex.

Dad's Army ran from 1968 for 80 episodes over nine years while Hi-de-Hi ran for eight years.

Mr Perry's experiences as a Home Guard during World War Two and as a Butlin's holiday camp Redcoat influenced his writing.

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Olly Murs surprised all the guests when he popped in to congratulate the wedding couple Credit: Katie Hart-Copsey

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Katie and Shane Hart-Copsey, from Dereham were delighted with their surprise guest.

Katie tweeted this photo and said the visit "topped of their wedding day."

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