Tulip Radio’s Jan Whitbourn writes a regular column for the Spalding Guardian.
Last weekend, Asycoughfee Hall and Gardens celebrated the 1940s in style with a weekend full of nostalgia.
On Sunday many elderly people and various local veteran associations came to commemorate the end of the war in the South Pacific and the defeat of Japan and to give thanks to all those people that served in the British and Commonwealth Armed Forces at that time and especially those that made the ultimate sacrifice. VJ Day is known as ‘Victory over Japan Day’ the official end to the Second World War.
The two-day event was jointly organised by South Holland District Council, Ayscoughfee and the Spalding Memorial Parade, and over the years this event has grown and now attracts over 5,000 visitors.
The event featured memorabilia displays, re-enactors, demonstrations, vintage stalls, vehicles from the era and live music throughout the weekend. Many visitors got into the spirit of the 1940s and came to the event dressed up in period clothing.
Many children came with their parents and if just a little of what they saw rubbed off and left a lasting impression then this will only be a benefit to them. Well done to the staff at Ayscoughfee for a memorable weekend and let’s hope for many more great weekends like this one in such beautiful surroundings that South Holland has to offer.
After the parade and service there was a short concert held in St Mary & St Nicolas Church, where Nick Pitts played music from that time. Dennis Hannant sang a number of swing numbers and led a wartime sing along, after which the church ladies put together some light refreshments for everyone.
For more pictures of the event go to our website www.tulip-radio.co.uk.