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Fabulous 40s for May Day at Haden Hill House and Park

Celebrate VE Day with the special Fabulous 40s event at Haden Hill House and Park in Cradley Heath on May Day (Monday 7 May).

Jane Hanney, Sandwell Council’s museum services manager, said the event, which kicks-off at 12 noon, will have some fantastic activities for people to see and do throughout the afternoon.

She said: “There will be loads of costumed characters, a tea van which visitors can take a peep at and a World War II soldier’s display.

“There will be a uniform display but beware of the spiv who may try and sell you some black market goods!

“Visitors will also be able to enjoy historic vehicles out in the park with some lovely examples from the period and learn about food rationing inside the house. Try some wartime recipes and see some real wartime objects.”

Outside in the park, there will be fantastic rousing live music with the Steve King Big Band which is guaranteed to get visitors doing the Lindy Hop.

And Alison Hyatt, visitor services officer, added: “We are encouraging people to bring a picnic blanket or chair to picnic and enjoy the afternoon listening to the music.

“For younger visitors there will be traditional entertainment with a Punch and Judy show and street magic for people to be amazed at.”

Haden Old Hall will also be open for visitors to look around and see the evacuees bedroom. It is believed evacuees stayed on site before they were found homes locally during the war.

The tearoom will also be open selling a variety of drinks and snacks courtesy of the Friends of Haden Hill Estate.

“This is a great community event to kick start this year of wartime commemorations and should be a fantastic family day out with lots of people of all ages to enjoy,” added Alison.

Entrance to the event is free. The event runs from 12-4pm.

For more information call 01384 569444 or visit our museums webpage.

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