Event set to offer flavour of wartime village life
ST AGNES will host a three-day event to honour and celebrate the bravery of those involved in the Second World War.
The Forties and Fifties Revisited weekend, taking place next month in various locations across St Agnes, will provide visitors with a flavour of what life was like during and after the Second World War.
Throughout the weekend there will be informative lectures about Cornwall and St Agnes during the war, a personal account from a former prisoner of war, a traditional 1940s tea dance and sing-along and a chance to see war memorabilia. In addition, shops in Vicarage Road will decorate their windows in a 1940s style.
The idea for the event came from villager George Mannell, who said: "When I was a schoolboy I used to have to pick potatoes and help the Land Army and see the prisoners of war.
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"Everybody would do their bit to help, even the elderly would knit for troops, and I just thought it would be a nice way to remember everyone who helped during the war." The event will also host the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho, OBE.
Mr Mannell said: "I was very pleased and surprised to hear that the lord lieutenant of Cornwall was coming.
"I spoke to his secretary and then he rang me up and asked me to write a letter and formally invite him."
Activities will be free, but donations will be kindly received and split between the Royal British Legion and the St Agnes sports changing rooms project.