MORE than 350 people took part in a Shiplake pub’s version of Empire Day on Saturday.
The landlady of the Plowden Arms was inspired by the tradition that began a year after Queen Victoria’s death to celebrate the British Empire.
They put their own stamp on the occasion with a modern twist. Attractions included Victorian swings, a coconut shy, Morris dancing and a Gaelic folk band.
The Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra performed and customers enjoyed an Indian barbecue, hog roast, cream teas and a selection of beers and ales.
Landlady Ruth Peters said: “We were really pleased with how the day went and we were helped by the fantastic weather.
“We have not been here very long and we were overwhelmed with the turnout as it was our first big event. Everything we do here is old- fashioned and Empire Day seemed to fit.
“It is a little bit inappropriate today to be teaching children to be strong to rule the Empire but there were some fascinating things that we took from the tradition.
“We made it less about the Union flag and more about celebrating the old and new and bringing something different to the area.”
In 1958, Empire Day was renamed Commonwealth Day and it continues to be celebrated in March.