GALLERY: Blossoms and Bygones at Haddenham and Aldreth

Blossoms and bygones. Picture: Ian Ashmeade.

Blossoms and bygones. Picture: Ian Ashmeade. - Credit: Archant

VISITORS to Haddenham took a step back in time at the annual Blossoms and Bygones festival on Sunday afternoon, as the village took on a Victorian theme to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the village school.

Blossoms and bygones. Picture: Ian Ashmeade.

Blossoms and bygones. Picture: Ian Ashmeade. - Credit: Archant

The High Street was cleared of traffic, and every house was given a blue plaque denoting its resident at the time of the 1861 census. There were stalls, Victorian games including a hoop trundle and skipping races, Queen Victoria and her Ghillie John Brown toured the village, the Methodist church became a temperance hall, and a Victorian policeman was on hand to keep order.

Blossoms and bygones, Could not find her way home.Picture:Ian Ashmeade.

Blossoms and bygones, Could not find her way home.Picture:Ian Ashmeade. - Credit: Archant

One of the highlights of the day was a Victorian music hall, with Bruce Pattern wielding a gavel as a traditional master of ceremonies, introducing acts including the women’s barber shop quartet Sasperella, and Stretham Nightingale soprano Diana Lock.

Blossoms and bygones, The WI girrlls. Picture: Ian Ashmeade.

Blossoms and bygones, The WI girrlls. Picture: Ian Ashmeade. - Credit: Archant

Also treading the boards was John Shippey who performed a monologue, the children from the Robert Arkenstall School who sand, and Rick and Wendy who performed the One-Eyed Little Yellow God.

Blossoms and bygones, May pole.Picture: Ian Ashmeade.

Blossoms and bygones, May pole.Picture: Ian Ashmeade. - Credit: Archant

One of the event’s co-ordinators, Sarah Burton, said: “It was a really lovely day. The church bells rang three times, which really added to the atmosphere, and visitors really liked the street being closed off.”

Blossoms and bygones, cor-awarded a prize from old vic. Picture: Ian Ashmeade.

Blossoms and bygones, cor-awarded a prize from old vic. Picture: Ian Ashmeade. - Credit: Archant


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A time tunnel - made up of signs counting down the decades - connected Haddenham with nearby Aldreth, where visitors found themselves in the 1940s, with the Suffolk Home Guard in attendance, along with dancers performing the jitterbug, a Winston Churchill look-alike giving a speech and vintage cars and military vehicles lining the High Street.

Blossoms and bygones, Bruce even hurt his own ears. Picture: Ian Ashmeade.

Blossoms and bygones, Bruce even hurt his own ears. Picture: Ian Ashmeade. - Credit: Archant

An iconic Spitfire plane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flew over the village three times. One of the Aldreth organisers, Kim Smith, said: “We had a fantastic day, thanks to the hard work of many people. Over the weekend we raised £1,799 for the village centre.”

Blossoms and bygones, 2013 or1813, Picture: Ian Ashmeade.

Blossoms and bygones, 2013 or1813, Picture: Ian Ashmeade. - Credit: Archant

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