Clacton’s Princes Theatre went back in time today to honour the District’s war heroes with a special tea dance.
Over 80 veterans and guests attended the event at the theatre in Station Road and they began by being plunged into darkness with the only sound being Winston Churchill’s famous victory speech.
They were welcomed by Dan Casey, President of the Clacton Royal British Legion (RBL), Essex RBL President Bob Villa, and Joe Hammersley delivered the Exhortation followed by a two minute silence.
The event was also attended by the High Sheriff of Essex, Simon Hall, and the compere for the afternoon was Sharon Robinson.
It was an opportunity to meet up with old colleagues, share stories and experiences, and meet new friends, and for Tendring District Council (TDC) and the RBL to honour our heroes.
Each of the veterans was presented with a commemorative paperweight and there was a buffet and dance with a mix of music and memories.
Jamie Robinson, Branch Chairman and Parade Marshal for Clacton RBL said he was pleased that the event was continuing.
“This is a very special day for everyone involved, from the veterans and their guests to the dignitaries and the organisers, everyone has come together to celebrate our heroes,” he said.