These pages are dedicated to the hit BBC comedy series 'Dad's Army' which ran for nine years from 1968 until 1977. It spawned a full length feature film, a radio series and a musical stage show.
2023 marks the show's 55th anniversary, and the Society's 30th.
The DAAS is run by a small group of individuals with assistance from some dedicated members at our events. The Society has members from all parts of the globe. The Society is dedicated to keeping the show alive and we have accumulated many rare items, including video and audio material, cine film and many 'on location' photographs. Our collection is available for members to borrow through our video and audio libraries. We have also collected information from a variety of people involved in the making of the series, including many local residents living around the Thetford area of Norfolk.
The Society arranges regular member dinners and tours of locations.
The Society, in conjunction with The Bressingham Steam Museum, near Diss in Norfolk, set up the Dad's Army Collection which was officially opened on 14 May 2000 by the shows creators Jimmy Perry & David Croft.
Thetford have created their own Dad's Army Museum to commemorate the towns association with the programme. It was here that the cast and crew stayed and used many parts of the town for location filming. The Friends of Thetford Dad's Army Museum commissioned a full size bronze statue of Arthur Lowe as Captain Mainwaring which was unveiled in June 2010 by the late David Croft. In November 2012, the museum also acquired Jones' van at auction which has been on show at its new home from Easter 2013.
We run the Society in our spare time, so please be patient if making any enquiries by email or post.
If you want to know more, we hope these pages will provide some background information, and if you are a fan already, we hope they will add to your enjoyment.
It is with sadness that we report the death of Ian Lavender today ( 5th February ) aged 77.
You will all know the pivitol part he played in Dad's Army and you will all have your favourite scenes or episodes.
He was a great supporter of our Society and was present at many of our events, where he took pleasure in meeting his fans, young and not so young.
Our thoughts are with his family and close friends at this time.
From 1993, and fully supported by the creators, the Society has brought together those with a common interest in the programme and has collated artifacts, remenisences, photographs and rare videos (these are available to borrow from our video library).
The Society organises an annual members meal at Thetford, Norfolk and the occasional guided tour of locations, namely in the restricted MoD Stanta area around Thetford.
The Society magazine, 'Permission to Speak, Sir!' is sent to members and back issues are also available.