Tatton Park was set to celebrate VE day by hosting a vibrant ‘street party’ down on the Farm with live music and 1940’s dance to join in with. Instead, the Farm team, its volunteers (and of course the farm animals!) have come together ‘virtually’ to star in a fun compilation of 1940’s Jitterbug inspired dance to mark the significant date.
Celebrating 75 years
Friday 8 May marks 75 years since Nazi Germany’s final surrender at the end of the Second World War. On VE Day in 1945 millions of people all over the country took to the streets to celebrate. Jovial Jitterbugs and lively Lindy- hops were just a few styles of dancing that filled the streets and brought communities together.
Farming folk of the 40’s
Visitors to Tatton Park’s rare breed Farm can normally meet characters who lived and worked there in the 1940’s. In her cottage, Aunt Mary churns butter whilst, telling tales of farming life on the estate during WWII. Mr Wigglesworth, the Land Agent, welcomes you into his office to describe how he cared for the estate whilst the Egerton family were away. These characters, played by the Farm’s talented team of volunteers, can’t wait to get back to the Farm to welcome visitors again in the future. For now, they will don their war-time costumes to get into the swing of celebrations from their own home.
Paula Martin (as pictured) plays the role of Aunt Mary, explains;
“You can still enjoy a dance to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day even in lockdown. After playing the character of Aunt Mary at the Farm for over four years I can feel the relief Mary and Albert would have felt when Mr Churchill announced that World War Two was over.”
Dance like its 1945
Tune into Tatton Park’s social media channels on Friday 8 May to watch our fun, nostalgic film bringing families and friends together virtually to mark a special moment in English history. We hope our celebrations inspire you to re-create your own war- time celebratory dance together during lockdown – show us how you’re celebrating @TattonPark on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
A message to our visitors during the coronavirus outbreak
Tatton Park is currently closed to the public. This is a temporary measure that is being kept under regular review as we respond to the national and local situation. Please refer to our latest Covid-19 update. Stay safe and we hope to welcome you to Tatton Park in the near future.