Friday, 18 August 2017

Spam fritters and fake fishcakes... just like in the Forties

A PUB marked the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day with a Forties-style party.

A PUB marked the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day with a Forties-style party.

About 60 people attended the celebration at the Maltsters Arms in Rotherfield Greys on Friday evening.

They were dressed in costumes from the era and landlords Peter and Helen Bland and their staff followed suit.

Ian Beyts, from Henley, reprised his role as Winston Churchill, having previously appeared as the wartime prime minister at the Queen’s diamond jubilee river pageant in Henley in 2013.

The supper menu included Spam fritters and mock fishcakes. At 10pm the village’s millennium beacon was lit and there was a fireworks display to the sound of



Rule Britannia
and

Land of Hope and Glory
.

Mr Bland said he had held a dinner to mark D-Day which proved so popular that he was asked if he would do it again for VE Day.  

He said: “When I asked the guests to go outside at about 10 minutes to 10pm and the church bells rang there were about 120 people there.

“We lit the beacon, which is the fourth time it has been used, and we played the music during the fireworks from speakers I had put in the bedroom window.”

VE Day was May 8, 1945 when Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allies, ending the Second World War in Europe.



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