A COMMUNITY has been asked to “Dig For Victory” as wartime spirit returns to Meltham.
Organisers of the village’s annual 1940s themed military festival, Meltham Memories, have called for people to grow their own vegetables for the annual event next summer.
They hope to create a massive feast featuring a host of wartime recipes.
Last year’s festival saw hundreds flock to the village to enjoy a cavalcade of vintage vehicles, characters in period uniforms and swing-era music.
The event also saw historical re-enactment and many revellers wore their own retro-military uniforms.
Now the group plans to expand the event to include historically accurate food.
Rationing during the Second World War caused cooks to come up with creative ideas and the menu is set to bring back some favourites including, fish envelopes, pea pod soup, corned beef hash, Woolton Pie (named after the then Minister of Food), raised pork pie and the apparently delicious vinegar cake.
In a bid to keep costs down Meltham Memories chiefs are calling on green fingered locals to help them grow some of the ingredients.
Volunteers are needed to grow a wide range of seasonal vegetables, in particular, potatoes, peas, leeks, broad beans, swedes, carrots, beetroot, onions and rhubarb.
Food enthusiasts who fancy trialling the delights of 1940s cuisine can boost the group at their Halloween Fundraiser.
The event, at the Wagon and Horses in Meltham, will be on October 29 from 4.30 to 7.30pm. It will feature old fashioned games plus trick or treats for grown-ups from 8.30pm with prizes for fancy dress and 1940s style Play Your Cards Right.
To help contact Pam Cox on 07841 426945 or Steve Aldred on 07542 331945.