Wartime era returns for Poppy Day

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South Yorkshire college catering students held a wartime-themed afternoon tea party to help raise money and awareness for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

The event, held in Barnsley college’s Zest restaurant, saw guests enjoy authentic wartime delights such as toasted fruit teacakes, Spam, beef dripping or potted meat sandwiches and a selection of cakes including trench loaf.

All aspects of the afternoon tea, from menu design to making the food, were organised by students as part of their course and they donned wartime-style dress to serve the guests.

Jae Jae Warwick, aged 19, said students had fun researching for the day and visitors enjoyed the event.

He said: “We really enjoyed researching the menus for the afternoon tea – it was interesting to learn about the kinds of foods that people ate during wartime when rationing was in place.

“We chose to raise money for the Poppy Appeal as it is such a worthy cause and it’s also important to keep raising awareness so that future generations know what Remembrance Day is about.”