Scenes from the Forties Lynn - Life on the Home Front day. Pictures: Matthew Usher

Despite the showers, residents and visitors ‘kept calm and carried on’ as they stepped back in time to 1940s King’s Lynn.

Life on the Home Front – a free event organised by West Norfolk Council, saw a five per cent increase in people attending compared to last year.

Elizabeth Nockolds, cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: “The tours around the air raid shelters were extremely popular, with a queue of at least 60 people waiting all day.

“Judging by comments and photographs on Facebook and Twitter, the visitors in town thoroughly enjoyed the 1940s atmosphere in town, whether it was dancing on the Tuesday Market Place, tea dancing in the town hall, or children with their families visiting the Lynn Museum.”

Lynn museum reported they saw a record number of 700 visitors for one day.

Mrs Nockolds added: “The Eddie Seales Big Band put on a superb show, and we received lots of positive feedback about them from visitors on the day.”