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Published on April 7th, 2015 | by Perrin


Local talent and Big Band to mark the 70th anniversary of VE day

Although it’s widely accepted that the 8th May is the official VE day, it was actually the evening of the 7th that the party really started. A brief broadcast at 7.40pm by the Ministry of Information told the nation that “tomorrow” a broadcast would be made about the end of the war in Europe which would be known as VE day.
So that was it, church bells were rung and barrels were rolled out until they were dry, which due to rationing didn’t take long.
70 years on people from Tonbridge and surrounding villages will be marking this historical date with various events beginning on Thursday 7th May at the River Centre in Tonbridge with two nights of dancing and singing with The Clefhangers Big Band. The 1940s nights will feature guest performers from the community including Hillview School, Kiah Spurles, LAMPS, and a forces sweetheart. Those attending are invited to dress in 1940s attire and bring their own rations. Church bells will be rung at 7.40pm just as they were 70 years ago.
There will also be a display of historic local pictures and articles from the time, researched by Pam Mills of The British Legion, tributes to the fallen and fund raising will take place during the evenings for The Royal British Legion and Emilia’s Little Heart Foundation.
If you would like to join what promises to be an uplifting and moving event, visit theclefhangers.com or call 01580 893313.

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