Pub’s 40s day is big hit with residents

Picture by Ross Thompson.
Picture by Ross Thompson.

The team at a pub in Ashington went the whole hog when it came to a special fund-raising event.

And there was a great response from the community to the Block and Tackle’s recent Wine Back and Waltz 40s day – which included a plethora of decorations inside, a range of activities outside and 1940s reenactors.

Picture by Ross Thompson.

Picture by Ross Thompson.

Residents at a care home were taken to the venue to enjoy the performances and features that would have brought back memories and more reminiscing was available in the 40s memory lane tent.

It was opened by the Civic Head of Ashington, Coun Marjorie Chambers, and members of the 5th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers came along with a SV military vehicle, paintball shooting range and fitness challenge bikes, among other facilities and equipment.

Representatives of Blyth Battery were present as well. They brought with them a home front display and some fascinating memorabilia.

The vintage ice cream van was in high demand and there was also a cake stall, tombola stall and sweets/crisps stall.

Picture by Ross Thompson.

Picture by Ross Thompson.

The event raised about £1,400 for the Fusilier Aid Society, known as Fallen Fusiliers, with more to be collected.

Jayne Sanderson, events co-ordinator at the Block and Tackle, said there was an ‘amazing turnout’ for the 40s day and she thanked everyone who was involved or donated prizes for the raffle.

She added: “Our 40s rations table went down a treat. It brought back memories to the older generation and for the younger generation was a shock to find out how people enjoyed boiled tripe and rabbit stew.

“The iKandies group came along to sing and dance and they got the residents from Meadow Park care home in Bedlington dancing, and Ruby Barnet also joined us in the afternoon – we all had a great sing-a-long with her.

Picture by Ross Thompson.

Picture by Ross Thompson.

“In the evening, we had the bagpipes and Claire Louise, our 40s singer, then we finished the night dancing through the decades.

“Myself and Jude Newlove (Block and Tackle franchisee) were absolutely delighted that the sun shone and the community came out to support us and the fabulous charity.”

The next big event at the pub is the Rock the Block outdoor music festival, which will take place on Saturday, June 30.

As well as the line-up of talented local bands, there will be tasty food providers and bars serving throughout the festival. Wristbands are priced £10 in advance and £12 on the day.

For more details about it, call the pub on 01670 819845.