Brighouse is bracing itself for a massive influx of visitors over the next few days for the 1940s Weekend. In a special edition of Good Times, Emily Parker rounds up how the bars, pubs and clubs will be celebrating the special occasion.
Jeremy’s at The Boathouse
Rachel Bray at Jeremy’s at The Boathouse would like you to come along to Jeremy’s Big Sound Weekend to celebrate the Brighouse 1940s Weekend.
On Saturday, June 7, from 3pm Grace Lamont proudly presents “Wish Me Luck“, a wonderful wartime tribute show featuring hits from the Blitz and great memories of the 1940s.
Later on that day at 9pm there will be more music from Calderdale Big Band. The Ripponden-based 20-piece band play a wide range of swing and sounds from the 40s including big band sounds from the likes of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and much more.
On Sunday afternoon from 4pm, Harry Collins will entertain. Harry’s unique swing vocals are some of the best you will hear with songs from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and the King himself. There will be special 1940s cocktails also available.
The Old Ship Inn
Landlady Marsha Jones at The Old Ship Inn will have plenty on offer to mark the 1940s weekend with a pianist playing both days over the weekend.
In the pub’s beer garden there will be a barbecue with a bottle bar and there will be a 1940s menu in the main bar as well as tea, coffee and cakes in the snug. Staff at the pub will be in clothing of the era and patrons can also enjoy a champagne and prosecco tent.
Throughout the day bacon and sausage butties will be available. The lunch menu will be served in the pub from 12-6pm and will consist of 1940s fayre: spam fritters with chips and mushy peas, faggots, mash and gravy and boiled beef, cabbage and Yorkshire pudding.
Available from the beer garden barbecue will be burgers and bangers from 12-6pm. The beer garden bottle bar will have all bottles priced at £2.50 each.
Manager Steve Richardson at The Calder on Huddersfield Road informs Echo readers that over the 1940s Weekend the staff will be dressed for the occasion.
They will also be holding fundraising events to raise money for the Variety Children’s charity throughout the weekend.
Food will be served all day from 10am until 9pm, with breakfast 10am until noon, and then there will be a DJ playing from 9pm through to 1am with drinks offers from 5pm.
On Sunday, it’s the monthly Soul On Sunday from 3pm until 9pm and again all the staff will be dressed up and charity fundraising. Food will be served from noon until late.
Brighouse Sports and Social Club
Down at Russell Way, the Brighouse Sports and Social Club is holding a 1940s themed party night on Friday, June 6, from 7.30pm until late.
Club stalwart Jeff Greenwood will be hosting one of his famous Jive with Jeff nights and singer Emma James will be performing a selection of wartime songs.
A special wartime supper will be served by Best End Catering’s Gavin Farrar, consisting of sausage and mash followed by jam and cream scones.
The popular Friday night Open the Box will be brought into the function room for the evening and there will be reduced prices on lager and beer. Tickets are £10 each (£5 for under 16s) with a free child place for two paying adults. Tickets can be purchased from behind the bar at the sports club.
The club are also hosting a follow up Robbie Williams tribute night on Friday, July 11, with tickets again £10 including a hot supper.
Also tonight (Thursday, June 5) there is a sports panel evening in the function room in aid of the Andy Raleigh Testimonial and the Brighouse Rangers u16s touring Australia in July 2015. Tickets are £10 and free for the junior players at the club coming along with parents and club coaches will also be in line for a three-choice warm supper.
Sue and Dave Harker at The George will be celebrating the 1940’s Weekend.
Open from 10am as usual they will be trimmed up for the occasion, although they will still be showing all the weekend’s top sporting action.
British pub grub will be served and at two meals for £10 that won’t break the bank, although it may be a limited menu. Tea and coffee will be available to sit in or take out.
On Saturday from 11am until 4pm they have a professional face painter and, weather permitting, a bouncy castle. In the evening from 7.30pm they will have karaoke hosted by Debs.
On Sunday there will be live entertainment from 4pm.
Manager Kirsty Gelder at The Bridge says they will join in with the festivities and will be taping up the windows as local residents did in the war years to prevent them falling out if there were reverberations from any bombs dropped in the area.
“We are in the town loop where all the activities are going on and hope people will drop in and partake of a drink,” added Kirsty.
It’s another music-packed weekend at The Barge as they start tonight (Thursday) with the weekly jam session which is hosted by Stuart from the One Eyed Jacks.
On Friday evening it’s the popular Psychoslinkys and then on Saturday evening Evil Geivius will take to the stage.
The weekend’s live music will finish on Sunday from 6.30pm with Ziggy Battles.
The Railway and Commercial Inn
At the Railway and Commercial Inn they have DJ PJ Des on Saturday afternoon from 4pm with 60s and 70s music.
On Sunday evening it’s the popular rock and roll with jive from 7.30pm until 11.30pm with Jiving Jeff to finish the weekend off.
The Holiday Inn, Clifton
The Holiday Inn, Clifton, Brighouse, is offering a Fathers’ Day Feast for just £9.95 per adult.
It’s a three-course meal on June 15 with a selection of starters, a traditional carvery including roast beef and some tempting desserts.
Lunch is served from 12.30pm in the hotel’s Junction Restaurant. Under 12s eat for free.
Armytage Arms, Clifton
Up at the Armytage Arms at Clifton, manager Paul Haydock has some specials on for Fathers’ Day weekend, June 14-15, including a free pint with all Ultimate Plates including the mega mixed grill, gammon-tastick, cod and chips, all day breakfast and mighty Mexican fajitas.
Available to the dads for their pint glasses will be Coors Fine Light, John Smith’s bitter, Carlsberg Lager and soft drinks.