Fancy dress street party in March takes a ‘step back in time’, commemorating the end of World War II

PUBLISHED: 11:43 21 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:43 21 July 2015

Young people march, WW2 fancy dress street party, Picture: Steve Williams.

Young people march, WW2 fancy dress street party, Picture: Steve Williams.

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The people of March were encouraged to step back in time to 1945 on Sunday as they commemorated the end of World War II.

Over 70 people, many in period costume, sat down for a street party where tables were decorated with union jack table cloths, flags and lunch boxes.

The day-long event which was held by Young People March and March Lions, saw those in attendance adorn fancy dress appropriate to the era, including dotty dresses and 40s hairstyles.

The party was able to go ahead thanks to £500 of funding from Cambridgeshire County Council after both groups put in a joint application.

Jayne Manders, centre manager for Young People March, said: “A very enjoyable day was had by all ages and everyone participated in lots of old traditional games and free activities.

“The marbles, whips and tops and jacks proved to be popular with all ages but it was the older generation who showed the youngsters how it was done.

“Lots of memories were shared over cups of tea, and some fantastic cakes and tarts were made by the Lions”, she added.

Prior to the street party, the funding also enabled a number of workshops for young people, including: bunting making, poster designing and talks about the end of World War II.

Those in attendance also proudly waved their union jack flags throughout the day to celebrate while looking at artefacts which were bought in by March Museum and March Historical Society.

After the party, Young People March handed out postcards for people to write down what they learnt from the event.

A 15-year-old who attended the party, said: “I learnt how to make a flying glider and how to play marbles and about the artefacts from WW2.

“I have enjoyed seeing the community come and enjoy the day”, he added.

Another 13-year-old, said: “My father said about having to go under the kitchen table when the bombs were being dropped and how he thought this would not save him if they had a direct hit.”

Young People March and March Lions would like to thank everyone who attended and shared their stories or just enjoyed the day and remembered all those in WW2.


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