Bunwell and the Archers Connection
On 11th June 1953 Harry Oakes opened the Bunwell Village Fete, which in those days was held in the meadow behind Villa Farm off the Turnpike Road. A souvenir of this event is the signed photograph 'Harry Oakes/Dan Archer' - though the signature has faded over the years. Bunwell Village Fete was always a popular village attraction, hosted at The Villa by Frank Easton and his wife.
There were swinging boats, an ice cream tent, the refreshment marquee and Peter Easton's airgun rifle range. The bingo prizes included cigarettes that were given without question to any child that won, as I can confirm. They were subsequently handed over to my father. Father, the late Percy Day, was in charge of the dartboard where the highest scoring lady or gentleman received a prize at the end of the day. On the lawns of the house 'Bowling for the Pig' was a must for the men of the village.
Some three years later, on 14th July 1956, Bunwell Village Fete was again opened by an Archer; this time it was Harry's stage daughter Christine, played by Lesley Saweard,