Thursday, 23 September 2021

Musical picnic held to mark VE Day Anniversary

DOZENS of people attended a musical picnic in Mill Meadows, Henley, to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day

DOZENS of people attended a musical picnic in Mill Meadows, Henley, to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

Sunday?s event was organised by the Henley and Peppard branch of the Royal British Legion.

The Reading Spring Gardens Brass Band played songs from the era as well as more modern hits by artists such Tom Jones.

David Thatcher and his son Joshua put their 1943 Willys MB jeep on display and wore period uniforms for the event. The jeep saw service in the war and still has bulletholes in the wheel arches where it was fired at by Axis forces.


Members of the Legion offered commemorative VE Day badges in exchange for a donation.

Branch chairman John Green said: "Over the weekend there were national commemorations and the idea of Sunday was to enjoy the freedoms that we have because of the people who gave their lives.

"The band was terrific and played some nostalgic tunes. The jeep also attracted a lot of attention, especially among the youngsters. It was an occasion for relaxation, enjoyment and reflecting on the freedoms we have."


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