Businesses supporting 40s festival

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Businesses are getting into the spirit of the 1940s with a whole range of activities.

The whole weekend of wartime activities has been organised by Brighouse Business Initiative as a way of promoting the town and encouraging visitors.

And town centre businesses have been quick to spot its potential. At Norwood Interiors the clocks will be turned back over 70 years to the days of wartime when the company’s Brighouse showroom hosts a 1940s open house on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be fun family activities that celebrate the 1940s from the dark days through to victory in Europe and Asia.

The event will capture the unique atmosphere of the 1940s with music, bunting and staff dressed in vintage attire. Customers can enjoy free refreshments plus a half price sale on selected furniture and kitchen units. For children there will be a bouncy castle and fun activities.

Raffle tickets will be handed out with a chance for customers to win a top prize of a CDA wine cooler. Other prizes include champagne and wine. The raffle will be drawn at 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Kershaw’s Garden Centre is holding a number of events. There will be the chance to collect a ration book containing details of events and vouchers from the checkout or from the Incredible Edible stall in the town centre.

There is also the chance to create a 1940s garden in a tray, no larger than 14 inches square. All entries must be received by 10.30am on Sunday, June 2. There will be adult and children’s categories. Judging of the competition will take place at 11.30am when prizes will be awarded.

A series of 1940s themed craft sessions will be held from 10am until noon tomorrow. There will be peg and pompom people today, Thursday, and kites tomorrow.

Dig for victory with a display to find out more about growing fruit and vegetables in the centre’s garden. Children’s competitions, games and activities from 10.30am until 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Find out about the children’s gardening club, Little Growers, with an open session from 9.30am until 11.30am.

Central Methodist Church, Brighouse, will wlecome visitors with 40s style refreshments from 9am until 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday. There is a film show at 11am and themed displays.

Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band will hold a concert on Saturday night and on Sunday there will be a Songs of Praise between 9.30am and 10.30am. At 11am there will be a service of remembrance in Thornton Square.

LoveBread will be holding workshops to make your own national loaf. (bread made from wholemeal flour with added calcium and vitamins, introduced in Britain during World War II. ) To book a place visit the LoveBread stall in the 1940s market, sessions run every half hour between 11am and 2pm on both days.

The Incredible Edible Brighouse team is creating a ‘Victory Garden’. The aim is to build a garden that showcases the Dif for Victory gardens were created during the early 1940s when formal gardens, lawns and even sports pitches were transformed into allotments.

Their stall will be outside the health centre on Lawson Road for anyone interested in getting involved.

Staff at Sainsbury’s will also be dressing in 1940’s style fancy dress for the occasion.

A 1940s jumble sale will be held at St Joseph’s Church, Brighouse, on Saturday between 2pm and 4pm to raise money for Turning Point Conselling Service.

l War Memories - see pages 16-19; meet a real flying ace 20-21; plus Chris Helme’s 40s Nostagial Special 22-25