Royal British Legion marks 70 years since Allied victory in Asia

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IT might have been hot and humid in La Alfoquia recently, but it’s nothing compared to conditions faced by Second World War Allied soldiers who fought and won in the Far East, remembered recently by members of the Zurgena and District Branch of the Royal British Legion 

The group was marking this year’s 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, and members felt they wanted to recreate the atmosphere of Britain at that time.

An afternoon tea dance in the style of a street party was held at the RENFE Building in La Alfoquia on Saturday and 50 members and friends ate and danced their way through 1940s food and music all afternoon.

Some were brave enough to dress in period costume, from members of the American Forces to brave mums and daughters who carried on cooking and cleaning while war raged. Then there were the ‘spivs ‘ who tried to make a shady living from people who needed everyday things that were rationed such as knicker elastic and petrol. 

They all turned up for a great afternoon of music provided by Johnny Slade, great food including Spam fritters and jelly and blancmange from Scrumptious, and welcome drinks from a bar provided by Sampo and Ana from Restaurante Kalevala.

A spokesperson said: “Think we have it tough in this heat and humidity? Then just take a look at history, we have the soft option. We Will Remember Them.”

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