Region marks VE Day

Bressingham 1940s day. Picture James Hoye ANL-150605-150658001
Bressingham 1940s day. Picture James Hoye ANL-150605-150658001

The 70th anniversary of VE Day is set to be marked across the region with a range of events recalling the spirit of the historic moment.

In Harleston, the Cornucopia Xchange Vintage and Antiques Centre will celebrate everything 1940s tomorrow at its base in Exchange Street.

From left to right: Diss Rotarians Norma Howell, Dick Mitchell and Heather Babb

From left to right: Diss Rotarians Norma Howell, Dick Mitchell and Heather Babb

All staff and traders will be dressing up in appropriate 1940s attire such as de-mob suits and land army outfits.

There will be Union Flags and bunting creating a street party atmosphere.

The event will run 10am-5pm, with music including ‘Songs that Won the War’ and even Churchill’s speeches played on a radiogram. Food will be created from the rations of the time, such as potato scones and carrot cookies.

Fair Green in Diss is also hosting its street party tomorrow, from noon.

It includes a vintage funfair, and singing performances from pupils at Diss Junior School.

The after-event will let people share memories of the war era.

Featuring participation from the Royal British Legion and local businesses, the street party will follow a 1940s theme, complete with vintage funfair rides and games, family activities, food and drink stalls, and a display of antique vehicles from the 40s and 50s.

The sights and sounds of the era will be explored at Bressingham Steam and Gardens, tomorrow and Sunday from 10.30am-5pm.

There will be live bands performing music from the time and there will also be living history displays and displays of vintage vehicles.

The Stradbroke Royal British Legion is holding a short service at the village war memorial at 2pm today.

And Glenn Miller - his actual name - will be visiting the residents at the Depperhaugh care home in Hoxne, courtesy of Horham business Filing Fortress. He will be sharing memorabilia of wartime Horham.