Friday 16 August 2013

Eagle Day, The Peacock Inn

On Tuesday 13th August, I spent the evening in The Peacock Inn in Goudhurst, marking the occasion of Eagle Day. On this day in 1940, Hitler ordered a great aerial attack on Britain, and over a ten-hour period, the areas of Essex, Kent, Sussex and Hampshire were very strongly hit. To the Germans, Eagle Day (“Adlertag”) launched the Battle of Britain.

During the day, The Peacock (which dates back to 1347!!) had organized lindy hoppers, a replica Spitfire Aircraft and a fly over. In the evening we had live music from an English folk band, The Stings (yours truly acting as official press photographer), and a large collection of classic cars filled the car park. I was even lucky enough to be driven to the event in a vintage white MGA! There was also an optional 1940s fancy dress theme, and loving a good excuse to dress up, we went for it.

Impressively, we managed to make outfits mostly from what we had in our own wardrobes. My mum looked perfect in a bicycle dress bought from Anthropologie, brown Mary Janes, and pearl earrings and necklace, but completed the look with a brown snood that she found on eBay for £3.99. I decided myself to go for more of a land girl look and dressed top to toe in khaki, I accessorised with tan lace-ups and a beautiful silk headscarf that I found in Accessorize.

Just goes to show that you don’t actually need vintage or expensive fancy dress to pull off classic retro fashion… Although, of course, that’s always fun too :)

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