D-Day 70: Nostalgia at Havant

The party  at Malmesbury Lawn Day Centre
The party at Malmesbury Lawn Day Centre
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THE 1940s nostalgia was in full swing at a wartime party in Havant.

Pensioners enjoyed a lunch of fish and chips, and trifle at Malmesbury Lawn Day Centre, which is run by Age Concern Hampshire.

Liz Kavanagh, a spokeswoman for Age Concern, said: ‘They sang a lot of old songs and played wartime games.

‘There was lots of memory sharing.

‘It was wonderful. It brought everyone to life. There were happy memories and lots of laughing.’

She added: ‘The staff went all out to deck the hall, there were flags everywhere and everyone was waving them.

‘Some of the people remembered the street parties celebrating the end of the war when they were children.

‘They said this was the first time since then they had had a wartime celebration.

‘Lots of people spoke of remembering the troops going out and coming back.

‘Lots spoke about “losing their boys”.

‘One lady said she remembered the boys writing home and asking her for their favourite food when they returned which included apple tart and rice pudding.’