West Norfolk celebrates VE Day

Downham Prep School organise ' Street party for residents of Wade Wright Court ANL-150805-155653009

Downham Prep School organise ' Street party for residents of Wade Wright Court ANL-150805-155653009

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Communities across West Norfolk were transported back to the 1940s over the weekend as part of the VE Day anniversary celebrations.

Street parties, concerts and services were organised to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.

DADS group singing songs as part of VE Day at Downham Town Square ANL-151005-094217009

DADS group singing songs as part of VE Day at Downham Town Square ANL-151005-094217009

More than 100 people braved the wet weather on Friday evening to take part in a parade and memorial service organised by the Lynn branch of the Royal British Legion.

Nine standards led the procession from the club, in Tower Street, to the Tower Street Gardens.

A service was led by Fr Adrian Ling and 10 wreaths were laid.

Second World War veteran, Cyril Route, a former Desert Rat who served in the North Africa campaign, laid a wreath.

King's Lynn RBL Members at Tower Gardens for VE service.  WW2 Veterian Cyril Rout Norfolk First Regiment. ANL-150905-130943009

King's Lynn RBL Members at Tower Gardens for VE service. WW2 Veterian Cyril Rout Norfolk First Regiment. ANL-150905-130943009

Branch chairman David Norman said: “It was important to remember the people who died during the war and those who continued to fight in the Far East for a further three months.

“We will be looking to do something later in the year to mark VJ Day.”

Downham turned out in force on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to support the range of events, which had been co-ordinated by Town Council’s events committee.

Scores of people enjoyed supping coffee in the Town Hall while watching re-runs of BBC comedy ‘Ello ‘Ello during the event organised by the Twinning Committee.

King's Lynn RBL Members at Tower Gardens for VE service ANL-150905-130930009

King's Lynn RBL Members at Tower Gardens for VE service ANL-150905-130930009

Swing jazz filled the Town Square during the day while the Nelson Academy held a VE Lunch.

Five residents from Wade Wright Court joined youngsters at Downham Prepatory School for a street party.

Songs from the era were sung and stories shared during the lunch along with listening to Mr Churchill’s historic speech.

The school’s Victoria Fonzo said: “The children loved it. It was a lot of fun but 
there were serious notes as they learned about the evacuees.”

Wreaths were laid during a service at the town’s War 
Memorial on Saturday morning.

Another 1940s coffee morning was held in the Town Hall on that day along while Downham Amateur Dramatic Group sang songs from their forthcoming production, The Vackees, in the Town 
Square.

During the evening, 150 people went along to the Town Hall for a celebratory dance.

People wore 1940s costumes while dancing to the music provide by Downham Swing Orchestra, with Cy Payne, and an Andrew Sisters group.

Frank Daymond, of the town council, said: “The weekend was fantastic. It was good to see so many people taking part to remember VE Day.”