CLACTON’S Princes Theatre went back in time today to honour the district’s Second World War heroes with a special tea dance.

The theatre was plunged into darkness as Winston Churchill’s famous victory speech boomed out at the start of the event, which was attended by more than 80 veterans and guests.

They were welcomed by Clacton Royal British Legion president Dan Casey and county president Bob Villa.

Joe Hammersley delivered the Exhortation followed by a two-minute silence.

The event was also attended by High Sheriff of Essex Simon Hall and compered by the Legion's Sharon Robinson.

She said it was an opportunity to meet up with old colleagues, share stories and experiences, and meet new friends, and for Tendring Council and the Legion to honour our heroes.

Legion chairman and parade marshal Jamie Robinson said: “This is a very special day for everyone involved, from the veterans and their guests to the dignitaries and the organisers.

"Everyone has come together to celebrate our heroes."

Each veteran was presented with a commemorative paperweight and there was a buffet and dance with a mix of music and memories.