Party like it’s 1945 in Creswell

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AIR raid sirens rang out in Creswell on Saturday night, but there was no need to duck for cover.

The village was blasted back to the 1940s as folk gathered for a wartime charity dinner dance.

1940s Blitz Dance in aid of the National Police Aid Convoy with music from Beeston Big Band (w110411-1a)

1940s Blitz Dance in aid of the National Police Aid Convoy with music from Beeston Big Band (w110411-1a)

Land girls waved their Union Jacks as they were serenaded by the Beeston Big Band who played hits by Glenn Miller and Vera Lynn.

Bread and dripping was served as part of the buffet dinner, which gave everyone the energy to dance the night away.

The event, at Creswell Social Centre on Elmton Road, raised a fantastic £700 for the National Police Aid Convoy, in a generous re-enactment of the wartime effort.

“There was a fantastic atmosphere, everyone got up and danced to the classic tunes of the time and I don’t think anyone left until gone 11pm,” said David Scott, NPAC chairman.

“The whole community really got behind us and joined in with the festivities.”

He added: “We always get a great reception in Creswell and in Worksop.”

The NPAC charity has been around for almost 20 years, delivering lorry loads of aid to countries like Albania, Pakistan and Zambia.

It is run entirely by volunteers, many of who are ex-police workers, who give up their time to collect donations, pack them up and drive the lorries thousands of miles to their destinations.

“The Creswell tea dance was a send-off for our three lorries that have just left Mansfield for Albania,” said Mr Scott.

“Four volunteer lorry drivers left on Sunday, having taken two weeks off work, for the 2,500 mile round trip via France and Italy.”

YOU can get involved by donating things like clothes, shoes, bedding, toiletries and cleaning materials.

If you need to arrange a collection call Sandra on 0115 9390 999 and leave a message.

There are also a number of textile banks around the county, and trade goods from manufacturers, warehouses and shops are also accepted.

See www.npac.org.uk for more information.

n See our slideshow of pictures from the Creswell 1940s night.

Go to www.worksopguardian.co.uk