‘Jolly spiffing time’ in Horam

One of the last celebrations to mark significant milestones in the history of World War II takes place next week.

Although the war in the Far East still had three agonising months to run, on May 8, 1945 all hostilities in Europe ceased.

Horam holds its own retro VE Day Street Party on Sunday, May 10 from 2pm at Horam Station. The village has issued typed instruction sheets inviting all to attend and telling children and adults exactly what they need to do. (They would have been used to obeying orders!) Everyone is asked to rally ‘in the good old Dunkirk spirit and have a spiffing time’. Children up to 14 eat and drink free and children can collect a food coupon from The Horam Centre, Village Stores, Post Office, Cherry Tree Court, Horam Manor and All Dressed Up. Adults bring their own food and drink. Every child receives a souvenir and flag and people are encouraged to wear red, white and blue, 1940s costume or their own uniform such as Scouts. There’ll be a 1940s food experience, games, WW2 sing along, music and lots of jollity. Residents are invited to decorate the village and houses with red, white and blue and miles of bunting. If the weather is unkind the party will be held in Cherry Tree Court.

Uckfield’s Royal British Legion and the Town Council also celebrate VE Day. On May 8 at 3pm a maroon is fired to start two minutes’ silence. A war veteran will raise the Union Flag. On Friday evening from 8pm people are invited to the Victoria Pleasure Ground where they’ll find a marquee and enjoy free soup, bread, teas and coffee, listen to ‘40s music and Churchill’s rousing speeeches. The Uckfield Singers lead community singing. After a tribute at 9.20pm the church will bless the town’s beacon to be lit by the Town Mayor at 9.32pm. On May 9 church bells will peal out across the town and on Sunday, May 10 there will be a special service at Holy Cross Church.

Authentic ’40s outfits are welcome at a VE Day screening of A Royal Night Out at Uckfield Picture House on May 8. Writer Trevor Da Silva will introduce the film and join the free aftershow party at The Picture House Restaurant with swing dancing from The Charleston Jive Squad. You can also sip a Spitfire Ale and enjoy a full VE Day menu.