Hunstanton Day Centre marks VE Day

Pictured sitting from left: Caroline Roper with her husband's medals, Olive 'Raines, Dorothy Woodhead and Joyce Baker. Standing: Kath Rose, Mary Harpley and Peter Atterbury. MLNF15EB05333 ANL-150605-141709001
Pictured sitting from left: Caroline Roper with her husband's medals, Olive 'Raines, Dorothy Woodhead and Joyce Baker. Standing: Kath Rose, Mary Harpley and Peter Atterbury. MLNF15EB05333 ANL-150605-141709001

Members of Hunstanton’s Day Centre took World War II memorabilia to their weekly lunch on Tuesday to mark 70 years since VE Day.

Invited to talk about their memories of that never-to-be-forgotten day 70 years’ ago, memories, both sad and happy were related.

Olive Raines, whose late husband Bill took part in the D-Day landings, was 23 years old and heavily pregnant with their daughter Brenda.

“I remember it well,” she said. “There was a feeling of great relief.”

Mary Parsons was 17 on VE Day and she remembered that in Snettisham there was a big bonfire, when local boys were throwing anything they could find on to the fire.

Another 17-year-old, Joyce (now Baker) was waiting for her fiancé Alex Baker to return from the fighting.

“It was still a nervous time,” she said.

Caroline Roper was 26 , she had married in 1941 and was missing her husband who was in the Navy working on the Atlantic convoys.

In a tale that had the gathering smiling, Dorothy Woodhead recalled: “I was 18 and was in a cinema in Camberley, Surrey, when the news was announced.

“We all rushed out and started singing and dancing in the road.

“I remember feeling fantastic; but for the life of me I couldn’t tell you what the film was!”

The centre was decked in bunting and flags and Jill Brown baked a special cake for the event that was organised by Mary Harpley and Peter Atterbury’s (post-war luxury) bread pudding was enjoyed by all.