Lighting up for exhibition

A DISPLAY of oil, gas and paraffin lamps from northern England will be the main attraction at a special event at Ipswich Transport Museum on Saturday .

A DISPLAY of oil, gas and paraffin lamps from northern England will be the main attraction at a special event at Ipswich Transport Museum on Saturday .

The museum's annual Wheels by Lamplight event will feature various lamps, including the collection of Bill Lovell from Haltwhitle in Northumberland.

His display will be part of what the museum believes is one of the biggest paraffin, gas and oil lamp displays anywhere in the country - and commemorates a bygone era when electricity was not readily available to all.

Event organiser Brian Dyes said: “It's a very special event.

“Over the past few years the popularity of the event has grown and now lamp collectors from all over East Anglia come along and take part. And now we can say people come from all over the country too.”

Hundreds of lamps will be used to illuminate the museum's exhibition hall.

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Entrance to the event, which is by ticket only, is £5, with discounts for concessions. It will run between 7pm until 9pm at the museum's base in Cobham Road, Priory Heath.

Tickets are available from the museum or the Tourist Information Centre in St Stephen's Lane, Ipswich.

Weblink: www.ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk

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