Digging into the county's war effort

AN archaeological dig to discover some of the secrets of the role Suffolk played during the Second World War has begun at Sutton Heath. The aim is to uncover more information about the 'anti-glider ditches', which were dug across the countryside to prevent enemy gliders landing and attacking nearby airfields or bridges at the start of the war.

AN archaeological dig to discover some of the secrets of the role Suffolk played during the Second World War has begun at Sutton Heath.

The aim is to uncover more information about the 'anti-glider ditches', which were dug across the countryside to prevent enemy gliders landing and attacking nearby airfields or bridges at the start of the war.

The six-foot deep ditches have gradually filled in during the years as land

was needed for farming but old aerial photographs of Sutton Heath have shown a criss-cross pattern across the countryside.

Susan Brookes, Suffolk County Council's heritage promotion officer, said: "Not much information exists about these ditches and yet they played an

important role against the threat of aerial invasion.

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"We would really like to hear from anybody who can remember the ditches, or perhaps even dug them, as this would help us piece together their history."

Anyone with information can contact Susan Brookes on 01473 583179.

The dig is being funded by Friars to Flyers heritage project which promotes

heritage sites in east Suffolk - it is funded by Suffolk County Council and

the East of England Development Agency.

For more information visit: www.heartofsuffolk.co.uk

N Can you help with the search? Write in to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk or visit the forum at www.eveningstar.co.uk

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