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Wartime street party in Ilford to commemorate end of Second World War

PUBLISHED: 14:43 03 September 2015 | UPDATED: 15:11 03 September 2015

Redbridge Mayor Cllr Barbara White, centre, at the street party. Picture: Anne Hayes

Redbridge Mayor Cllr Barbara White, centre, at the street party. Picture: Anne Hayes

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The Mayor of Redbridge boogied past midnight at a street party commemorating the end of the Second World War.

The 1940’s themed celebrations took place at Ilford Golf Club, Wanstead Park Road, Ilford.

Redbridge mayor Cllr Barbara White arrived at 7pm to the Earl Grey band playing live music from the era, and a hall decorated with union jack flags.

Guests from the British Legion were also in attendance, with two of them over 90 years old, who shared their experiences of the war.

Anne Hayes, current lady captain of the golf club, said: “Barbara cut up our lovely cake and that was our rations for the night. We also had the Pearly Queen of Redbridge come along, which was entertaining.

“It really was a great turnout – we were lucky the weather held off for us!”

Many of the women got into the wartime spirit with fancy dress, of both civilian and military dress.

The free event had guests still partying the night away on the dance floor at 12am.


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