ALRESFORD volunteers have swung into action to provide cream teas to all residents aged over 75 on VE Day.

The idea started with local councillor Sarah Cavell, who organised the town’s VE Day celebrations which have been put on hold indefinitely.

Not wanting the day to just pass by, Cllr Cavell contacted Becky Smith who runs The Arlebury Cafe in Alresford with her idea of delivering a free cream tea for everyone who was alive on VE Day in 1945.

Becky immediately offered to make it happen and swung into action announcing the initiative directly to customers and on social media.

Word has quickly spread and after a huge take-up from locals requesting their cream tea another local cafe owner, Sharon Pendlebury, of Tiffins Tea Rooms, on West Street, offered to bake 200 scones to help the cause.

Other locals picked up on the idea and also offered to help with one resident offering to fund all the ingredients for the project.

Charity The Alresford Pigs Association, which raises money locally and helps those in and around the town in financial hardship, has committed to deliver all the cream teas on Friday afternoon, with over 500 so far planned to be handed out.

The volunteers will even be sporting 1940s hats, scarves and more to further the VE Day theme.

Since the current crisis unfolded The Pigs along with various other local groups, volunteers, businesses and members of the community have worked together to try and ensure that both young and old in the town to have help available if needed as lockdown continues.