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Dad's Army film to get local premiere in Suffolk

The new Dad's Army film, which gets its local premiere tonight. Credit: Columbia Pictures/Universal Pictures.

After its glitzy London launch last week, today it is the turn of Suffolk to host the new Dad's Army film's local premiere.

Stowmarket's Regal Theatre is kicking off its 80th birthday celebrations with a special red-carpet showing of the film this afternoon.

Lucky ticket holders will walk the red carpet and, in keeping with the film, will enjoy a nice cup of tea and a piece of birthday cake on arrival.

The original television series was filmed across the border at Thetford and fans of the show, who work in the town's museum, feature as extras in the movie.

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Dad's Army van parks up in Norfolk

Corporal Jones's butcher's van Credit: Dad's Army Museum

The butcher's van used in the TV series has been bought by the Dad's Army museum at Thetford in Norfolk. The 1935 Ford box van sold at auction for more than £63,000. In the show it was owned by Lance Corporal Jones, played by Clive Dunn, who died recently.

The van was orginally built in Liverpool and found by one of the show's producers in a dilapidated state in London. It was altered so the Home Guard could poke their rifles through the side and brought to Thetford for filming.

When Dads Army ended in 1977 it was sold to a Ford dealer in Finchley and then in the 1990's it was sold to the Patrick Motor Museum in Birmingham. It'll be housed at the Charles Burrell museum in Thetford and available for the public to view from Easter next year.