By Thetford's riverfront, a statue of Captain Mainwaring — the main character in classic UK sitcom Dad's Army
— perches proudly on a bench. The beloved series, set in World War Two, was shot in the Norfolk town, and it's not hard to see why the show's producers picked it as a filming location. Even in 2017 it retains a thoroughly quaint air, with historic buildings from several epochs dotting the landscape, and ubiquitous signage denoting centuries-old sites of significance.
Nonetheless, it was a town that enthusiastically embraced the opportunity for change in June 2016, voting overwhelmingly
to leave the European Union. Moreover, over the past decade Thetford has undergone a seismic demographic shift, with thousands of Eastern Europeans moving to the area to work in farms and factories.
Attesting to this, just over the bridge from Mainwaring's seat lies Kubus — a small convenience store specializing in Eastern European goods, one of eight such outlets in Thetford. Inside, Sandra, who moved to the UK from Vilnius seven years ago, is buying groceries. She wasn't happy about the referendum result, and has felt less welcome in the UK ever since.