March and Chatteris salutes VJ Day

VJ Day teas at Chatteris Conservative Club ANL-150817-081110009
VJ Day teas at Chatteris Conservative Club ANL-150817-081110009
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A colourful street party, afternoon tea event and a dinner and dance were just some of the ways Fenland residents commemorated the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.

To mark the day that Japan surrendered, bringing about the end of the Second World War, special events were organised by the March and Chatteris branches of the Royal British Legion.

Party to mark VJ anniversary at March Royal British Legion'left to right'Betty Smith (President), Pat Lowe, Tracey Crain, Kay Larham, Linda Mitchell, Carol Gowing and Donna Larner ANL-150817-081735009

Party to mark VJ anniversary at March Royal British Legion'left to right'Betty Smith (President), Pat Lowe, Tracey Crain, Kay Larham, Linda Mitchell, Carol Gowing and Donna Larner ANL-150817-081735009

On Friday, the Chatteris RBL held a VJ Day afternoon tea event at the town’s Conservative Club, followed by a dinner and dance at the venue in the evening.

Around 50 people enjoyed sipping tea in the afternoon from bone china provided by Chatteris firm The Vintage Teacup Company, plus delicious home-made cakes. The evening dinner and dance featured live 1940s music fromBack Two.

The branch’s youth co-ordinator Leah Templeman, who organised both events, said the day followed a four-day visit by many branch members to the Belgium battlefields.

“The VJ Day commemorations were a great success, and raised £450 for our Poppy Appeal,” she said.

On Saturday, the March RBL club held a VJ Day street party for members and guests.

The 1st March Brownies were among those invited as a thank you for all their hard work fundraising for the Legion branch.

Branch president Barry Howlett played music from the era, including war-time songs from Glenn Miller and Vera Lynn.

Veteran Betty Smith, president of the club’s women’s section, also reminisced about the war, recalling the days when she was responsible for letting families know where their men were stationed.

Club secretary Linda Mitchell said members of the women’s section also wore vintage aprons for the party, hand-made by club chairman, Carol Gowing.

“It was a great day,” she said.