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VE Day weekend to remember

ALE FOR ALLIES: Mary Murphy, Tina Blackwell, Karen Gilbert and landlady Wendy Hedley at the Five Bells in Great Cornard.

ALE FOR ALLIES: Mary Murphy, Tina Blackwell, Karen Gilbert and landlady Wendy Hedley at the Five Bells in Great Cornard.

Nearly 70 years on from the end of the Second World War, VE Day was celebrated at a Great Cornard pub.

With military vehicles, as well as 1940s dress and food, the Five Bells in Bures Road marked the anniversary in fitting style at the weekend.

“It was probably the busiest yet and we must have had at least 400 people,” said landlady Wendy Hedley.

Each year, the pub marks the time German forces surrendered to the allies in 1945, decorating the building inside and out to raise money for Hedley Court Hospital.

Despite needing a last-gasp plea for volunteers to bring tanks, motorbikes and military vehicles, the event collected more than £1,000.

“The atmosphere and the people make it,” said Mrs Hedley. “Everyone made an effort and dressed up.”

A rifle range, music and radio from the era, along with a menu of spam fritters and bread pudding, meant the event, which has raised more than £20,000 for charity in its history, was one to remember.

“I want to say a big thank you to all those who helped out and made it a success,” said Mrs Hedley.

 

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