Rations for Residents During VE Day Celebrations
Residents of Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme in Gravesend were invited to swap their ration book for a chippy tea, as the scheme marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
The scheme was adorned with Union Jack bunting and wartime memorabilia and staff and residents were encouraged to dress in red, white and blue, or 1940s styles, to mark the long-awaited day that Churchill finally declared victory in Europe.
Residents of the over 55s scheme were each issued with a ration book, which they exchanged for fish and chips or spam fritters in newspaper at the restaurant counter, as Vera Lynn played in the background.
For dessert, they tucked into a retro trifle and there were also cupcakes adorned with VE Day decorations, made by the scheme’s housing officer, Helen and cakes donated by local councillor, Sarah Gow.
Helen Goulding, Housing Officer at Watling Court said: “We are known for our parties here at Watling Court and under normal circumstances, we would have a had a big celebration with family and friends and live entertainment but of course, these aren’t normal circumstances.
“Despite the situation, residents were upbeat and enjoyed their celebratory lunch. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice during WW2.”