Back in time

Pub's wartime festival raises �1,000 for charity.
Pub's wartime festival raises �1,000 for charity.
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A TIME warp descended on the Five Bells pub in Great Cornard at the weekend – with the 1940s making a comeback.

Regulars dressed up in wartime uniforms and there were even military vehicles parked outside.

Landlord Bob Hedley held his fourth annual VE Day festival at the Bures Road pub, staging various events to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity.

The pub sold 1940s food, including Spam fritters, rabbit pie and bubble and squeak, to help with the atmosphere.

There was also music from the era, with bands taking inspiration from the Andrews Sisters and Glenn Miller.

“People really got into the spirit of the event,” said Mr Hedley.

“We had landgirls and RAF uniforms, and some regulars even brought along authentic equipment.

“We have a museum in the pub with newspaper clippings and gas masks and original stuff like ration books.

“One of our regulars, who is a collector, brought along some of his 1940s radios. It was very successful and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.”

The event raised nearly £1,000 for Help for Heroes, with £100 donated by St Andrew’s Church in Great Cornard.