Plea for military vehicles to help pub celebrate VE Day

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With just weeks to go before celebrations are held to remember VE Day, a Great Cornard pub is desperately seeking military vehicles to mark the occasion.

Each year, The Five Bells in Bures Road is transformed to rekindle the style of the 1940s.

It puts on live music and entertainment and attracts veterans who fought in past conflicts. The event, which has raised around £20,000 for Help for Heroes in its time, also regularly features military vehicles from the era.

But with celebrations due to take place on May 9, 10 and 11, the pub is still short of vehicles.

Landlady Wendy Hedley is asking anyone who has a military vehicle and could help mark the day the Second World War officially came to an end in 1945, to get in touch.

“We are in desperate need of vehicles,” said Mrs Hedley.

“In the past, we have had tanks, motorbikes, Land Rovers and all sorts of things and we need more of the same.

“We want the weekend to be something special because it is such a big occasion and we would be really grateful if anyone can help out.”

Back in March, Mrs Hedley put out a request for performers to join the pub’s celebrations and has been able to secure singers and dancers for the annual event, which last year raised £2,000 for charity.

She said she was hoping to get a similar response with this new plea.

“We have music and entertainment, but it would not be the same without some of the big military vehicles, which everybody loves to see,” added Mrs Hedley.

To help out, call the pub on 01787 379016.