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Local community comes together for a day of wartime nostalgia

June 19th 2018

People from Thorrington took a trip down memory lane with a special event at Silversprings to mark the Second World War. 

Silversprings was transformed into a scene from 1940s Britain with wartime singing, dancing and traditional celebrations. 

The day included patriotic sing-alongs of wartime classics, led by The Swingtime Sweethearts, dance performances from local group, the Air Raid Jive, and a parade from The Suffolk Regiment Living History Society, who camped in the grounds over the weekend using authentic WWII equipment. 

There were also shopping opportunities in the ‘WWII Village’ and nostalgic culinary displays of 1940s recipes from re-enactor, Jacqui Leppert. The highlight for many on the day however, was the array of vintage vehicles showcased in the home’s gardens – including a Spitfire MKII plane. 

Silversprings home manager, Donna Cousins, said: “We had a fantastic day taking a step back in time to wartime Britain – a time which for many residents, conjures up fond memories of their younger years. 

“We were delighted to see so many people from Thorrington and the wider community turn out for the celebrations and a fantastic time was had by all. A personal highlight for me, was seeing the looks on the faces of our younger visitors, as they watched the Suffolk Regiment’s parade – it was certainly reminiscent of how children may have reacted in WWII! 

“I would like to say a huge thank you to the team here at Silversprings who helped to put this wonderful event together, and to all of our special guests and attendees who made the day such a brilliant occasion.” 

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Silversprings is set in stunning countryside near Colchester and has lots to offer residents of all interests and abilities. In the grounds you can discover sensory gardens and nature walks, as well as doves, ducks and chickens, who are always happy to be fed.

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