GALLERY: Fenland marches back to the 1940s in aid of Help for Heroes and Air Ambulance

MARCH into the 1940’S. Land Girls, Jo Langham and Sophie Penny.

MARCH into the 1940’S. Land Girls, Jo Langham and Sophie Penny. - Credit: Archant

FENLANDERS were taken back to the 1940s to celebrate on the most significant periods of British history in aid of two charities.

MARCH into the 1940’S. Philomena and Ivor Knight dancing.

MARCH into the 1940’S. Philomena and Ivor Knight dancing. - Credit: Archant

Many also dressed for the occasion at the GER Sports Club, in March. Some guests looked authentic in soldier uniforms, while others donned fur shrugs and aprons.

MARCH INTO THE 1940’S. Betty Canham as a land girl.

MARCH INTO THE 1940’S. Betty Canham as a land girl. - Credit: Archant

Saturday’s taste of life in the 40s included traditional refreshments, courtesy of C&B catering, with delicacies such as spam sandwiches, Victoria sponge and bread and butter pudding.

MARCH into the 1940’S. Alec Wright, Christine Churchill and Maureen Wright from March museum.

MARCH into the 1940’S. Alec Wright, Christine Churchill and Maureen Wright from March museum. - Credit: Archant

An evening meal was also provided, which consisted of corned beef hash and cauliflower cheese.

MARCH into the 1940’S. Carol Palmby and Bev Everett from C&B Catering.

MARCH into the 1940’S. Carol Palmby and Bev Everett from C&B Catering. - Credit: Archant

Other entertainment included war re-enactments. Dance lessons were planned, but they were cancelled due to weather conditions.

MARCH into the 1940’S. Home Guard group,

MARCH into the 1940’S. Home Guard group, - Credit: Archant


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However, all was not lost. Donna put on a 40s CD and two couples who had travelled from Preston and Burnley - despite the weather - got up and danced.

MARCH into the 1940’S. Land Girl Alice O'Shea

MARCH into the 1940’S. Land Girl Alice O'Shea - Credit: Archant

March & District Museum Society also provided some 1940s farming equipment which showed what types of equipment was used during the everyday life of a farmer.

MARCH into the 1940’S. Richard Cammack removing a hand grenade pin.

MARCH into the 1940’S. Richard Cammack removing a hand grenade pin. - Credit: Archant

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A raffle and a tombola were also held at Saturday’s event, raising £235 for Help for Heroes and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

MARCH into the 1940’S. The organiser of the event Donna Symonds poses for the camera.

MARCH into the 1940’S. The organiser of the event Donna Symonds poses for the camera. - Credit: Archant

Prizes given were donated from businesses including Stotts Fish and Chips, Mallets jewellers and Tesco.

MARCH into the 1940’S. James Trott and Laura Wallis parting kiss.

MARCH into the 1940’S. James Trott and Laura Wallis parting kiss. - Credit: Archant

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