Wellingborough to mark Second World War anniversaries

Northamptonshire Home Guard re-enactment group will again parade through the town before having refreshments at Ria's Rosy Lee tearoom in Cambridge Street, Wellingborough
Northamptonshire Home Guard re-enactment group will again parade through the town before having refreshments at Ria's Rosy Lee tearoom in Cambridge Street, Wellingborough

Spam sandwiches and boiled chocolate cake will be on the menu.

The clocks will be turned back when Ria’s Rosy Lee tearoom in Wellingborough marks 70 years since VE Day on May 8 and 75 years since creation of the Home Guard on May 14.

As well as decorating the tearoom in Cambridge Street in period detail during May and June, wartime songs will be playing and all cakes available will come from recipes issued by the Ministry of Food at the time.

Irvins tea merchants, who supply the tearoom, are also blending a one-off tea and coffee replicating the hot drinks available during the war years.

Other events will be held during the two months, including a parade by Northamptonshire Home Guard re-enactment group through the town before finishing up at the tearoom.

It follows a successful event when the group paraded through the town last year, and will be particularly special for tearoom owner Ria Chambers as it marks the first anniversary of meeting her partner Jonathan Jefferies following last year’s parade.

Ria said: “Throughout both months World War Two themed afternoon teas can be booked, with members of Home Guard re-enactment groups being offered a 10 per cent discount.

“The parade on May 9 has personal significance for me as it will mark one year since I met my partner Jonathan Jefferies, who as a member of the Northamptonshire Home Guard visited the tearoom with the group during their first parade to the tearoom last year.”

Pop-up boutique and parade through town

A re-enactment group will be making a welcome return when it parades through Wellingborough for the second year running.

Members of the Northamptonshire Home Guard will be parading through the town on May 9 and are due to arrive at the tearoom by 11am for tea and cake as part of the war-time celebrations organised by Ria Chambers.

Ria is also having a 1940s pop-up boutique in the tearoom on June 6, with clothes, jewellery and accessories from the period for sale.

For more details or to book afternoon tea, call 01933 229766, email riarosy@outlook.com or go to www.riasrosylee.com.

Afternoon tea will be available throughout May and June, although not on Sundays and Mondays, and must be booked. It is £10 per person.