Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Tea dance starts Herefordshire During the War project

A tea dance to celebrate the start of a Herefordshire During the War project was well attended with many people coming along to dance wartime favourites and enjoy a tea showcasing recipes from ingredients at the time.

The event attracted former members of the Women’s Land Army, people who were evacuated to the county during the war and others with memories of the Second World War.

GI Jive led the dancing to show people taking part how to dance all the wartime favourites and students from The Hereford Academy were there to record and film the event with the aim of collecting people’s memories for future generations.

Sarah Skelton, Herefordshire Council’s community heritage officer, said: “I am pleased this launch event was so well attended and would like to remind people it is not too late to become involved in this project.

“We are aiming to collect and gather people’s memories of Herefordshire during the Second World War. This is also our chance to celebrate the experiences of ordinary people who made an extra ordinary contribution to our country’s war effort,” she added.

As part of the project, memory trees are now going up in community centres in South Wye, and people are welcome to add their own memories to these.

Other events will be taking place over the coming months with the project culminating with a “Victory” celebration on 25th June, Veteran’s day at Kindle Centre.

To find out more about the planned events and to share your own memories of the war, please contact Sarah Skelton on 01432 383599.

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