Shindigs to celebrate 70th anniversary of VE Day

1940 British Army Jeep
1940 British Army Jeep
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Residents in Staining came out in big numbers to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE day.

Celebrations started last Friday with a service of remembrance at the War Memorial, followed by the lighting of the beacon at 9.30pm in line with the Pageant Master’s request.

The beacon was lit by Hannah Peacock, assisted by Darren Nixon and David Selby.

Prior to the lighting, onlookers were entertained by dancers from the Staining Acting and Musical Society.

Pupils from nearby schools also read Churchill’s end of war speeches.

On Saturday, residents were treated to a classic car display.

Residents of Staining enjoying festivities in the Plough Inn pub

Residents of Staining enjoying festivities in the Plough Inn pub

British Army 1940 Jeeps arrived in the village, 
accompanied by a German Jeep and officers to match.

A mess tent was erected in the village for children’s games with everyone getting into the spirit by dressing up in 1940s attire.

Later on Saturday, people moved into the Plough Inn pub for music, raffles and a quiz.

Karen Bowers, an opera singer, was also accompanied by her pianist to sing some songs from the Proms.