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North Wootton Village Hall VJ Day Celebration

A year later than planned, North Wootton Village Hall will be marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II with a free community event.

Music and Memories to Mark World War II Milestone takes place on Sunday, August 15 from 10am to 4pm, with food and drink, live music, wartime memories and photos of the village from the era shared by villagers, 1940s fancy dress, and village fete style games.

North Wootton Village Hall were intending to hold a VE Day Party in May 2020, but sadly this could not happen because of the Covid-19 restrictions that were in place at the time.

North Wootton and South Wootton Home Guard at North Wootton Village Hall. (50028906)
North Wootton and South Wootton Home Guard at North Wootton Village Hall. (50028906)

Instead, the village hall encouraged villagers to hold a stay at home street party to mark the milestone.

The hall’s event’s organiser, Antony Lamb, sees that it is still important to bring people together to remember.

He said:“After a long and tough period of lockdowns, restrictions, and cancelled plans, I think now it is more important than ever to bring people together in a celebratory environment.

"Although the 75th anniversary was last year, we should definitely remember those who sacrificed so much for us during World War II.

"We will of course have Covid safety measures in place, but we would very much like a street party style atmosphere.”

Deputy mayor of Lynn and West Norfolk, Lesley Bambridge, will be in attendance, and accompanying the local wartime memories will be live music -brass-studded 1930s and 1940s classics from Swervy World, and wartime hits performed by local singer Claire Scollay. Lynn Brewery have been hard at work creating a specially brewed beer for the event called the Dame Vera and Vintage Partyware will be providing the village fete games.

Mr Lamb said: “Entrance is free, as is the entertainment, food, and drink. We would very much like this to be a community event for locals to enjoy after the past 18 months.

"The VJ Day Celebration would not be able to go ahead without the dedication of the village hall management committee, but also all of the kind support we have received.”

The event is supported by Norfolk Community Foundation through the Norfolk Armed Forces Covenant and West Norfolk Council,as well as North Wootton Parish Council.

Jenny Bevan, head of programmes at Norfolk Community Foundation, said:“Norfolk Community Foundation is delighted to support this much needed project that will make a real difference to the community. We wish them every success in their work.”

VE Day celebrated Victory in Europe, victory over Germany. The war continued until August when Japan was defeated too.

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