Acknowledgements for the 50 year VE Celebrations in 1995

The following individuals/organisations were credited in an article in the June 1995 edition of the Orwell Bulletin.

[More general comments and a Message of Thanks from the Chairman of the VE Committee, Diana Smith, are to be found in a separate page on the website, which can be accessed here. Additionally, this other page contains the main photographic record of the various events.]

Our generous sponsors were Orwell Parish Council, Volac, Mantles of Royston, IC Rumbold, PC Barton, PS Smith and John Cobb & Sons Ltd.

The Breed Family of Lilac Farm, High Street kindly allowed their meadow to be used for the Parade assembly point, desp[ite the imminence of hay time.

Georgie Primett battled onn in the face of intial apathy to organise possibly the biggest and brightest parade of floats ever seen in Orwell.

Wilsher's Garages (Wimpole) donated the rockets fired to mark the two minutes' silence as we remembered the war dead of all nations. (The rockets, incidentally, were made in West Germany).

Wimpole Parish Council an Village \hall Committee loaned tables for the Street Party. Colin Marriott, Ray Parcell and Richard Hoole transported all the tables for the Street Party.

Terry and Pat Cooke and their staff of The Chequers put on a wonderful Barbecue Sunday lunch for us all and returned the profits to the VE Committee.

Orwell Guides & Brownies worked their fingers to the bone, making all the bunting to decorate Town Green Road.

Jake Ritsema, Geoff Darlow and many residents od Lordship Close and Meadowcroft Way bungalows made a wonderful job of guarding the Home Front Exhibition and telling visitors about their wartime experiences.

Barry Russell used his wonderful signwriting skills to paint a sign for the Exhibition and to decorate the Methodist Church float.

Neil Brice, Phil Corley, Robert Coxall, Ezzie Flack, Richard Griffin, Derek Skipper, Malcolm “X” and Gerry Arnold built the Beacon, carrying all the wood, and the Messerschmitt, up to the Clunch Pit. (Gerry wishes to thank them all).

Laureen Wesley gave the children a crash course in Maypole dancing in time for a display at the fete on Saturday.

Bob Bryant coordinated events for the fete, with David Kelway acting as Announcer, the Guides and Scouts organising the children's games and races, and Orwell Young Wives serving teas from the pavilion.

Neil Brice and David Theaker led us in a most appropriate and moving Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving, with the combined St Andrew's Choir and the Orwell Singers adding harmony to the singing.

Orwell Bellringers' Guild rang for the Service and gave us a Peal of Bells at the end of the Street Party.

Joe Brown, our former Parish Council Chairman, judged the Best Decorated House competition, awarding first prize to Mr & Mrs Bill Barton of Lordship Close, and Revd Kingsley Lloyd judged the floats.

The Orwell Playesr, directed by Diana Smith and Mitch Thomson, burned the midnight oil as they rehearsed “Workers' Playtime” which had us all laughing, crying and singing.

The Officers of The Methodist Church gave the use of the Church kitchen and equipment for the Street Party and, with members of the Women's Institute , served tea and squash to the thirsty hordes.

Gerry Arnold organised the building of the Beacon and the Dance which brought the weekend's events to a close.

The grateful thanks of the whole village go to you all, and to all those who also helped in any way but are not mentioned here.

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