Rubery supermarket relaunches with 1940s weekend

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A Rubery supermarket held a 1940s weekend for Remembrance Day and to relaunch after a major refit. 

Store manager Mike Jeavons

Morrisons at Great Park held an official relaunch on Thursday with ribbon cutting by 95 year old navy World War II veteran Ernest Lees and B31 Voices.

Invited guests were treated to bacon rolls and drinks in the refurbished café after the opening, accompanied by songs from the era by local singer Helen Pearson.

Staff dressed in 40s style costumes and wartime memorabilia – including food, ration books and gas masks – was on display in the café.

Friday and Saturday saw a continuation of the 40s theme.

Ernest Lees: Ernie joined the navy as a wireless operator just before his 18th birthday. He’d been a sea cadet and was already trained in wireless and morse code.

However, a problem with his hearing meant Ernie had to move positions and ended up taking part in several Mediterranean landings, earning medals for Atlantic, Italy, Africa and Malta campaigns.

He served from the very beginning to the very end of the war, earning him the 39-45 Star.

Images by Albie Taylor – Click to enlarge / gallery

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