Veteran at Spalding’s 1940s weekend

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Alan Creasey must have been one of the oldest veterans at the Ayscoughfee Hall Museum 1940s Weekend and VJ Parade.

Alan, pictured with a real World War Two Bren gun, celebrates his 91st birthday this weekend.

The museum in Spalding and its grounds were filled with displays and demonstrations over the two days.

For instance, Long Sutton & District Civic Society exhibited fascinating photographs and information regarding the Suttons during the war years.

There was a large display of war memorabilia by Moulton Seas End collector Chris Chandler.

Visitors danced to 1940s music, were entertained by a singer and enjoyed the spectacle of a Spitfire fly-past in the afternoon.

Sunday included the VJ Day Parade organised by Spalding Remembrance Association.

Veterans took part in the parade in the Peace Garden.

Edward Finch, who supplied the photograph, tells us Alan left his father’s farm and much-loved Shire horses behind in Quadring in 1943 when he went to war.

He served with the 6th Lincolnshire Regiment as a Bren Gunner, fighting his way up the length of Italy for two years until witnessing the mass surrender of German troops in the north of that country.

Edward says he finished his overseas service in 1946, but not before helping Austrian civilians by using his knowledge of and passion for working Shire horses – borrowed from a castle – and bringing down much needed logs from the forests for fuel.

Alan said he was amazed at just how heavy the Bren gun seemed last weekend, compared to 70 or more years ago when he was a strong and healthy 19-year-old.