West Norfolk remembers VE Day

VE Day Celebrations at Burman House, Terrington St John'Staff members with entertainer, LtoR, Angela Bligh, Linda Youngs, Charlene Jean (entertainer), Joan Revell, Sue Reed. ANL-150605-083338009
VE Day Celebrations at Burman House, Terrington St John'Staff members with entertainer, LtoR, Angela Bligh, Linda Youngs, Charlene Jean (entertainer), Joan Revell, Sue Reed. ANL-150605-083338009
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People across West Norfolk have been helping to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Communities in Dersingham and Terrington St John have organised events in the run-up to today’s milestone anniversary.

VE Day Celebrations at Burman House, Terrington St John, with staff, residents, entertainer and guests ANL-150605-083413009

VE Day Celebrations at Burman House, Terrington St John, with staff, residents, entertainer and guests ANL-150605-083413009

After six long years of war, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made the announcement on May 8, 1945, that many families across the world had been waiting for.

From the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street, Mr Churchill told the country that the Germans had signed a ceasefire at the American advance headquarters in Rheims.

The news prompted street parties and celebrations across the country.

But for many families, the war had not ended with husbands, sons and brothers still away fighting in the Far East.

VE Day Celebrations at Burman House, Terrington St John'Angela Bligh (left) member of staff with resident Pat Castle ANL-150605-083324009

VE Day Celebrations at Burman House, Terrington St John'Angela Bligh (left) member of staff with resident Pat Castle ANL-150605-083324009

It took another four months for victory to be declared over Japan.

Seventy years on celebrations were once more held in Dersingham.

On Monday, members of the Dersingham and Sandringham branch of the Royal British Legion had put on a fun day at the village Recreation Ground.

An estimated 300 to 400 people went along on the day to enjoy the activities.

VE Day Event at Dersingham, organised by the RBL, LtoR, Eric Quinney (Former Dambusters Pilot), John Houston, Valerie Brundle, Borough Deputy Mayor and Mayoress Colin and Julie Manning, Neil Bignell (dresed in wartime uniform of the day) ANL-150505-080653009

VE Day Event at Dersingham, organised by the RBL, LtoR, Eric Quinney (Former Dambusters Pilot), John Houston, Valerie Brundle, Borough Deputy Mayor and Mayoress Colin and Julie Manning, Neil Bignell (dresed in wartime uniform of the day) ANL-150505-080653009

A host of classic cars were sent up on the field and a number of Legion members were dressed up in uniforms from the period.

The event also included displays by the girl guides and scouts along with birds of prey.

Visitors were also able to buy food from a NAAFI but there was also a hog roast and barbecue plus there was a bouncy castle.

The branch has also recently been awarded a Mayor’s award for its work in looking after the village memorial.

Chairman Val Brundle was delighted with Monday’s success.

She said: “The day was absolutely fantastic, we could not have asked for better weather.

“Last August, we organised a First World War commemoration but as the weather was so bad we had to cancel.”

Residents at Burman House in Terrington St John were transported back to the 1940s on Tuesday during a sing-song.

Staff had arranged for Charlene Jean to entertain residents with songs from the era.

This was followed by a buffet for residents and their families.

Staff also got into the spirit by dressing up during the event.

Angela Bligh, from Burman House, said: “Songs bring back memories and a number of residents were tearful during the event.

“The residents all really enjoyed it and had a good time on the day.”