Vandalism won’t halt charity effort as Tibenham prepares to head back in time

Tibenham Greyhound is hosting a 1940s charity weekend. However their signs have been vandalised in the leadup to the event

Pictured: Mark Bancroft (Event Organiser) and Roger Smith (Landlord) ANL-161008-153831009

Tibenham Greyhound is hosting a 1940s charity weekend. However their signs have been vandalised in the leadup to the event Pictured: Mark Bancroft (Event Organiser) and Roger Smith (Landlord) ANL-161008-153831009

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The landlord of a pub hosting an annual charity fundraiser in Tibenham hopes persistent vandalism of signs advertising the event will not affect this year’s final total.

The Tibenham Greyhound, The Street, has hosted an annual 1940s charity weekender since 2012, which has raised thousands of pounds for both the SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, and Help For Heroes.

This has gone on for five nights and is still ongoing but we are replacing them as quickly as they are being pulled down

Robert Smith

But in the lead up to the event, which takes place this weekend, a number of signs promoting the weekend around the village have been vandalised as organisers attempt to spread the word.

Landlord at the Greyhound Robert Smith it has been “very frustrating.”

“We had 10 signs up originally, and four of them got completely destroyed,” he said. “We replaced those four, and they got destroyed again. We then put some smaller ones out, about a dozen of those, on a single post and two bits of A4, and about ten or 12 of those completely trashed as well and slung in the ditch.

“This has gone on for five nights and is still ongoing but we are replacing them as quickly as they are being pulled down.

“There was one night where I popped down around 9pm on the way to see the other half and I was only there for about half-an-hour and the signs were fine, and when I came back every single one down Tibenham Long Row had been pulled up and smashed up.”

Mr Smith said the damage has come to about £100 as the signs are home made, but added he has not reported the damage to the police as he did not want to waste their time with a “trivial” matter.

The weekend’s festivities kick off this Friday evening with music, dancing, DJs and guest appearances.

On Saturday, the fun begins at 11am, with Living History Group displays , a vintage fashion show, stalls raising funds for other charities, and free dance lessons. There will also be a ‘Hair Raid’ shelter for 1940s hair styling.

A charity dance takes place in the evening, featuring Jade Grand.

And on the Sunday, a memorial service takes place at 1045am at the 445th Bomb Group, while further displays start at noon and the event concludes in the afternoon with a tea dance finale.

“The highlights for me personally is the amount of military paraphernalia that turns up,” he added.

“The evening dance and live music is probably one of the main attractions.”

The Saturday night dance costs £6 and an all-weekend wristband costs £10. There is free entry in the daytime but charity donations are appreciated.

For more information call 01379 677676 or visit www.the-greyhound-tibenham.co.uk