Monday, 2 August 2010
TODAY IS VE DAY! Well it was in Shepton Mallet
Today was VE day in Shepton mallet, Somerset! As mentioned in a recent post, the BBC have been filming in Shepton Mallet over the past few weeks and will be there filming until sometime in September. It is for a series about how High Street shops have changed over the decades. It will be on TV in the Autumn. I look forward to seeing it! Last week and today's filming was all about the 1940s, my favourite decade.
We arrived on the Market Square just after 10am where preparations were underway to recreate a street party on VE day.
Replica of a 1940s hardware shop
In the morning
Lunchtime and the street party is underway
This lady really looked the part, the make up and hair looked fabulous! Unfortunately the picture doesn't really do her justice. As there was a lot of filming going on, I couldn't get many close ups without getting in the way of the filming. After all, I didn't want someone to shout out "Excuse me can you get out of the way please!" ;-(
Some of the local children made the effort to dress like 1940s children to get in to the spirit of things. Miss P opted for leopard pattern leggings...not very vintage! She couldn't be persuaded to go for the 40s look...
The car parked in front of Niki's shop has been used in Foyle's war!
It was interesting to get a little glimpse of the past. Although, I know that the real VE day itself would have been something quite spectacular, emotionally charged, unique and impossible to recreate as it was then...As I took this picture above, I couldn't help but think of the mixture of emotions people must have felt on that day in 1945. They must have been relieved, happy but also sad for all those who would never come back and for those still fighting in the Far East.
Next week, Shepton Mallet will be going back to the 1950s.