Pub to go back in time for good cause

Jayne Sanderson, left, and Jude Newlove are aiming to attract a good turnout for the 40s day at the Block and Tackle in Ashington on May 26.
Jayne Sanderson, left, and Jude Newlove are aiming to attract a good turnout for the 40s day at the Block and Tackle in Ashington on May 26.

As well as a range of activities and attractions, a themed fund-raising event at a pub in Ashington will include a Ration Tucker Trial.

The Block and Tackle will be going back in time with its decorations for next month’s Wine Back and Waltz 40s day.

Among those coming along will be members of the 5th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and Blyth Battery.

There will be 1940s reenactors, music, military/vintage vehicles and a vintage ice cream van, a raffle, Home Front displays and a bake-off based on 40s-style cakes and other treats that were made for street parties to celebrate Victory in Europe Day.

But families had to cope with rationing during the decade and the Ration Tucker Trial will give people the chance to taste food items such as tripe, cow heel pie and rabbit pie.

In addition, the pub will be full of 40s memorabilia and there will be activities and attractions for young children, including a face-painter.

The event will raise funds for the Fusilier Aid Society, known as Fallen Fusiliers.

In co-ordination with Colour Sergeant Mark Hyman, the 5th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will be bringing along a paintball range, selfie booth and inflatables to go outside the pub.

Jayne Sanderson, events co-ordinator at the Block and Tackle, said: “We’re all looking forward to what should be a great 40s day.

“My husband Mark is a Fusilier (also a Colour Sergeant) and so I suggested the event could raise money for Fallen Fusiliers.

“I would like to thank Colin and Lindsay from Blyth Battery and Infusion North East for their support and help with banners, posters and decorations has come from Al’s Superstore, Colin Patterson and Dave Winship from Swiftprint (Ashington).”

All activities and attractions already mentioned are for the main part of the day that runs from 11am to 6pm on Saturday, May 26. Tickets for this part, priced £2, are now on sale.

The evening part will start at 7pm with the playing of bagpipes and drums from local Combined Cadet Force representatives and this will be followed by a live performance from a female singer doing 1940s songs and a 40s disco.

Entry is free for this part. The winning raffle tickets will be drawn during the evening.

Jude Newlove, Block and Tackle franchisee, said: “The success of the events we’ve held so far this year has encouraged us to organise this major event, using a theme we think will be a big hit.”

For more information, or if you have memorabilia or something else that can add to the displays, call the pub on 01670 819845 or visit the Block and Tackle’s Facebook page.