Large-scale 1940s-themed event planned in Boston to mark 70 years since VE Day

Bluestone swing band will play at the 1940s-themed evening event.
Bluestone swing band will play at the 1940s-themed evening event.

A large-scale nostalgic event will take place in Boston this May to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.

A day packed full of 1940s-themed activities will take place at the Princess Royal Sports Arena (PRSA) on Saturday, May 9.

Britain and its allies celebrated Germany’s unconditional surrender on May 8, 1945 – prompting scenes of jubilation across the Boston area and up and down the whole country.

The VE Day anniversary celebration aims to bring back some of the joy and camaraderie of that historic day.

In the daytime, from 10am-5pm, there will be a 1940s fete, re-enactments, fairground rides, stalls, food and refreshments, including a beer tent, and historic attractions from the armed forces. There will also be a vintage car and machine display - including military vehicles, tanks and a Howitzer cannon. Sports fans can also enjoy a rugby match and diathlon time-trials taking place at the PRSA on the day.

Organiser Simon Horniblow said: “We are hoping to have a fly-past from a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and we have a few re-enactment societies coming - including a big American hospital display from that era.

“We will have a barbecue, cakes, ice-creams and a stall offering hair and make-up in a 1940s style. There will be something for everyone.”

In the evening, from 7.30pm, there will be a 1940s-style dance, with a 20-piece swing band and DJ playing songs from the era, with a hog roast.

Mr Horniblow said this may be the last time some surviving war veterans are able to come together to celebrate the anniversary of VE Day.

Money raised at the event will go to The Royal British Legion and Help For Heroes.

Professional Photography will be available through out the day and evening events. Prints will be available to buy on the day and links for the website given out for people to browse the pictures and make their selection at a later date.

Tickets for the evening dance, including hog roast, cost £25 and can be bought from Cammacks in Wide Bargate, Boston, or via the Facebook page ‘VE Day 70th Anniversary Celebrations’.

The event is currently sponsored and supported by local companies Preferential Advice, Johnsons Motors, Duckworths Land Rover, Mark Kidby Photographer, Bateman’s Brewery, Poyntons Consultancy Ltd and Lincolnshire Wealth Management.

Mr Horniblow added: “We are looking for more sponsors or those who can offer something 1940s-related to the event, including a brass band, to get in touch.”

If you can help call Simon on 07956 503751 or email