MP Elizabeth Truss with chairman of the trustees, Dave Flower. Picture: Paul Tibbs.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has officially opened the new Discover Downham heritage and learning centre.

The South West Norfolk MP cut a ribbon on Friday to mark the opening of the centre in Priory Road.

The £650,000 project has taken around six years to come to fruition.

Dave Flower, chairman of the trustees, has been involved with the project from the start. He said it was a proud moment to see the centre officially opened.

The project has involved transforming the town’s former fire station into a centre which  houses displays and exhibitions about the area and people.

Spearheaded by the town’s heritage society, the project received  money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and environment and landfill company, WREN.

Easter weekend saw the doors open for the first time and Mr Flower said there had been a “steady flow” of visitors since.

He said the society was looking for volunteer stewards who could spare three hours from 10am to 1pm or 1pm to 4pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday opening hours.

Volunteers are also needed for a proposed new learning team to help centre staff introduce educational programmes and activity days.

If you can help, contact Mr Flower on 01366 388887.

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