Enjoying the 1940s-themed celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day and the end of the Second World War. Pictures: Matthew Usher

A Winston Churchill look-alike, swing music and fancy dress helped transport North Wootton Village Hall back to the 1940s.

The event was held at the weekend to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Originally a VE Day event was planned for last year but it had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, so organisers rescheduled it for this summer and themed it around VJ Day instead.

The event, attended by deputy borough mayor Lesley Bambridge, also included food and drink, live music, wartime memories and photos of the village from the era shared by residents, and traditional fete-style games.

Live music came from Swervy World and  local singer Claire Scollay. 

The village hall’s events organiser, Antony Lamb, said: “The day went extremely well, we had a large number of people attend throughout the day and have already had some really lovely feedback from the local community expressing how much they enjoyed it. 

“The weather was on our side meaning we could have lots of tables and seating spaced out outside the hall and it was lovely to see so many smiling faces dancing to the music, browsing the photographs of the village, and enjoying the food, drink and atmosphere.”

He thanked everyone involved with making the event a success and to those who attended.