V E CELEBRATIONS
There have been many events, during this last century held as happy memories, and some may recall the children's celebrations of the end-of World- War Two in 1945.
“A successful Fete was held on Saturday, June 9th, to celebrate Victory for all the children of Laddingford and Yalding parish. This was given by the kind permission, and generous support of, the parishioners who subscribed the grand total of £ 174/0/3.
There was a fancy dress parade which was headed by the East Peckham British Legion Band, backed by Mr A Juke's loudspeaker van. This paraded the village and returned to the Lees to be judged by the Judges, who had a hard and difficult job. The prizes were then given by Mr Alfred Bossom, MP for Maidstone. The children then proceeded to the Anchor Hotel for tea, where they all received a mug and a ticket for ice creams. After tea there were races for all the children, toys being given to the younger ones and a new sixpence to the older ones. After the sports there was a gigantic bonfire,
and with a roar of the children, Hitler was burnt. While the fire was burning dancing was in progress for the parents. The Committee who organised the fete were: Mr H Smith (chairman), Mr L Butler (secretary), Mr W Monckton (treasurer), Miss Bowring, Mrs Greenshields, Mrs Weaver, Mr H Sadler, Mr Tanton, Mr V Winchester, Mr H Milstead.”
There were also thanks to Messrs W and-H Monckton and their drivers, for the use of their lorries in
transporting goods and children, and for all those who prepared and waited at the children's tea, the Judges, and all helpers in the races.