Velda Reed, one of the organisers of a VE and VJ Day tea party at Selby Meadow is pictured with Duncan Bennett and Peter Marshall who wore uniforms from the period.

VE and VJ Day remembered at Selby Meadow tea party

VE and VJ Day were commemorated at a tea party at Selby Meadow community garden in Uckfield yesterday.

Red, white and blue balloons and bunting adorned a marquee and visitors waved flags as they were entertained with music from the 40s, with singing and stories told by Ray Whiteway-Roberts.

Duncan Bennett, a town councillor and resident from Framfield Road, was there wearing the uniform of a technical sergeant from the 17th armoured engineers battallion, second armoured division.

Duncan is part of the infamous Kelly’s Heroes re-enactment team who put on Hollywood style re-enactments at shows across the country including War and Peace and one at Headcorn aerodrome.

He was joined by Peter Marshall from Sutton, Surrey, who was wearing the uniform of an RAF squadron leader and who had also brought a jeep along for the occasion.


Bill Bennett at the wheel of a “war-time” jeep at the VE and VJ Day tea party at Selby Meadow.


Red, white and blue flags and bunting adorn a marquee at the Selby Meadow tea party.


Ray Whiteway-Roberts entertains at Selby Meadow.


The sun shone for the Selby Meadow tea party.


Uckfield Mayor Cllr Louise Eastwood and daughter Zara wave their flags.


Ann Hobden, one of the helpers, at the Selby Meadow tea party.


Uckfield town councillor and bonfire society chairman Jackie Love in the sun at Selby Meadow with her children Elizabeth and Joseph.

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