There are some fantastic events on this Saturday to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Normandy landings. Unfortunately I am not going to any of them since I am having a big birthday bash that night! I will be spending tomorrow baking cakes and glamming myself up for that, and will hopefully have some fab pictures to post soon after. But if you fancy cutting a rug in honour of our war veterans, you could do worse than attending any of these fine shindigs.
First up, the Blitz Party is opening its doors for the third time, and it promises to be the best so far! From the official Facebook event page:
After the huge success of our previous events, The Blitz Party, the 1940s night that is just brimming with community spirit, returns to Shoreditch on Saturday 6th June 2009.
Coinciding with the 65th anniversary of D-Day, June’s event promises to be another fantastic night where we’ll be remembering and honouring Britain’s finest with 1940s music and dancing.
Join us in ourEast End air shelter, complete with sandbags, searchlights, blackout curtains, Kentish Ale, cocktails and rations to feed our hungry troops
Spread under two arches, The Blitz Party will host the UK’s finest live swing bands, performers and DJs.
Ladies, don your lipstick and tea-dresses and draw on those stockings. Gentlemen dust off your medals and wave your Union Jack with pride. The Blitz Party is London’s hottest night, where cocktails, dancing and neighbourly spirit are the order of the evening.
I went to the first one, and reviewed it here
, so if you are in two minds about it, do have a read and let me convince you!
If you’re further south, you’re spoilt for choice! There’s Jive Connection‘s D-Day Dance in East Grinstead:
And there’s also the USO Field Show Swing dance down in Ashford:
Come and enjoy this outdoor special U.S.O. dance to commemorate D-Day, within a Military encampment, enjoy watching the sun going down over the Marsh and experience the lowlight lighting inside the encampment for the rest of the evening while dancing to 1940’s music. A true wartime experience in itself. The dance Features one of Kents most popular DJ’s Terry Tiger who will be playing hot swing all evening and with special guests Max Miller, The Clover sisters, The Kent Lindy Hoppers, Vintage Burlesque by Kitten Von Mew, plus surprise guest. U.S.O. catering includes American Liptons tea & Fresh American coffee, doughnuts, selection of American toasted sandwiches, New York Bagels, Hershey Bars & Military issue chocolate bars, American Fentimans soft drinks, orange squash etc etc. Wartime bar selling Ice cold Budweiser beer and a large selection of British Ales, Burbon, Jack Daniels etc, Lucky Strike cigarettes and gum. Tickets are £5 be quick as tickets are limited, Tel 01233 860 564 or 07850 65 905, email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also lots of other fab events going on around the country, from picnics to vintage fashion fairs, so do check out this page
of 40s events for more.
Stand by for a new V.I Buys later on today!