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Living Memories: V.E. Day in West Yorks
V.E. Day Party
V.E. Day party in Kirklees
Gather your memories and your party shoes and get together to remember the 60th anniversary of V.E. Day in West Yorkshire with special celebratory events in Bradford and Kirklees.
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At the Red House Museum, Gomersal, Kirklees

Join in nostalgic entertainment at the Red House Museum in Gomersal with sing-along wartime favourites and "Winston Churchill's" famous speeches on the 60th anniversary of VE Day on Sunday 8th May.

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Spen Amateurs will demonstrate how to make the famous wartime recipe, 'Woolton Pie', whilst Gomersal WI will be providing period style refreshments at their 'Gomersal WI's Victory Party' with the opportunity to taste a platter of wartime food and drink.

Visitors will also be able to see and handle wartime related objects from a Home Front 'Memory Box' and costumed characters will help to recapture the atmosphere of that memorable time with old fashioned sideshow stall games and performances from the Cadence Swing Band.

The event takes place between 1pm-4pm and admission is free. Some activities are accessible by stairs only.

At the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford

Be reminded of the V.E. Celebrations through photos, previously unseen vintage film footage and wartime television in Bradford.

Have you got a story to tell?

Television talks at 11am and 3.30pm include footage from Bless 'Em All, a BBC Variety show marking the 10th anniversary of VE day with Vera Lynn and other stars. At midday, a film of the VE Day celebrations in Bradford and other material from the Yorkshire Film Archive will be shown

At 2pm there will be a gala screening of programmes made by local schools and youth groups in which people from Bradford district recount their experience of the war years, from the home front to the war in the Pacific.

Have you got a story to tell?

Throughout the day at the Museum volunteers will be on hand to take down any memories, anecdotes - even recipes - that are prompted by a wealth of material from the war years, including maps, local newspapers and the Museum's collection of images from the Daily Herald Archive.

The Museum is open from 10am to 6pm and admission is free.

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