Whaplode St Catherine goes back to the 1940s

Family affair: Back (from left) ' Inca and Maria Honnor; front ' Lilly, Kitty and Ivy Honnor, Freddie Honnor. Photo: SG091113-134TW
Family affair: Back (from left) ' Inca and Maria Honnor; front ' Lilly, Kitty and Ivy Honnor, Freddie Honnor. Photo: SG091113-134TW
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Thankfully, the Honnor family at Whaplode St Catherine has a really big dressing up box.

It came into use when mum Maria organised a 1940s themed dance to raise money for both the Memorial Hall, where the event was held, and the Royal British Legion.

Looking swell: Party-goers (from left) Katie Harran, Talia Honnor, John and Lesley Honnor enjoy dressing up for the occasion. Photo: SG091113-135TW

Looking swell: Party-goers (from left) Katie Harran, Talia Honnor, John and Lesley Honnor enjoy dressing up for the occasion. Photo: SG091113-135TW

Maria and husband Freddie enjoy having vintage things and “shabby chic” in their home mixed with modern, and some of their possessions ended up as props for the party on Saturday.

Maria said: “The Memorial Hall has been under threat of closure and my daughter Inca, as Flower Queen, got involved and ended up as vice-chairman and events coordinator.

“I thought the night before Remembrance Day would be a good time to have a 1940s themed dance. I got the British Legion involved and we had collection boxes and poppies for sale.

“All my friends love dressing up and having a party and everybody made an effort and dressed up. We even had my niece and nephew dressed up as evacuees.”

A cup of tea lifted spirits in the 1940s ' and went down well with Alan and Karen Hunt.

A cup of tea lifted spirits in the 1940s ' and went down well with Alan and Karen Hunt.

About 60 people went to the party, which raised over £300 for the two causes.

Guests danced to 1940s songs and music and enjoyed baked potatoes home grown by Freddie at Strawberry Cottage Farm.

Among the guests were friends of Maria’s from other parts of the country and her parents-in-law, John and Lesley Honnor.

Lesley said: “We had a lovely time. It was so nice to have all the generations together.”