Entertainment for wives and children of our men

60 children enjoyed a party at the White Hart hotel in Spalding on New Year's Day. ANL-150701-122514001
60 children enjoyed a party at the White Hart hotel in Spalding on New Year's Day. ANL-150701-122514001
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Nearly 500 guests enjoyed a party at the Spalding Corn Exchange.

The party was put on in order to show appreciation to families of those serving in the war for their husbands and fathers and what they were doing for the country.

A committee came together in order to put on the party, in the hope that it would give the wives and children a happy and memorable time - and they didn’t fail. The party was said to be a “gigantic success”.

Wives and children of married servicemen were invited, along with mothers, brothers and sisters of the single men, with an age limit of 14 for children. Belgian refugees were also invited to the party, with many attending the gathering in the “gaily decorated” Corn Exchange.

As well as bunting, flags and streamers, there was a Christmas tree, lit up with Chinese lanterns, with toys and gifts underneath for the guests, including half a pound of tea, or coffee for the ladies and two oranges and sweets for the children.

Long tables were adorned with flowers and crackers, and it was said that the greatest wish of those in attendance was that the fathers and husbands could have seen the sight.

The guests enjoyed cakes and bon-bons and other delicacies.

After the tables had been cleared away, games were played before chairs were assembled to watch entertainment.

There was a performance of naval life, a song from three Belgian girls and songs performed by The Spaldaires.

Another party for 60 children of servicemen was held at the White Hart hotel in Spalding on New Year’s Day.