War party in park

IT will be a case of turning back the clock in Ipswich's Christchurch Park this Bank Holiday Monday when a street party is held to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

IT will be a case of turning back the clock in Ipswich's Christchurch Park this Bank Holiday Monday when a street party is held to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

The event will aim to recreate the 1940s with staff from Christchurch Mansion dressed in uniforms and costumes and music and entertainment from the era.

The event, which starts at noon, has been organised by Ipswich Museums Service in conjunction with the Royal British Legion.

Entertainment on stage will feature a variety of acts including the Silver Bird Music Show and Ipswich Hospital Band.


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There will be a children's entertainer and children's events will include hop-scotch and swing boat rides.

Ipswich Transport Museum is providing a wartime fire engine.

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More than 100 tables will be set out under canvas, with some of them reserved for Second World War veterans and their families.

There will also be a hog roast and beer tent, and space on the grass nearby for those who want to bring their own picnic.

Admission is free, although a small booking fee is being charged to those who want to reserve seats at the tables.

There will also be a chance to visit the Imperial War Museum touring exhibition "Their Past, Your Future" currently on display at the Mansion.

The exhibition, which features wartime stories and memorabilia, leaves Ipswich on September 8.

At the end of the party there will be a chance for reflection as well as celebration when the flag is lowered in a traditional sunset ceremony at 5pm.

Marlene Moyes, visitor services officer at Christchurch Mansion, said: "Following the VJ and VE memorial services and parades this is a chance for people of all ages to get together with their families and friends and have some fun recapturing that wartime spirit.

"The focus of the day will be on having a good time, but by combining it with the exhibition we also hope to give people a chance to learn a bit more about the period and its legacy."

For more information call Christchurch Mansion on 01473 433554.

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