Rolling back the years in vintage style

1940s singers - coming to 1940s weekend
1940s singers - coming to 1940s weekend

There will be dancing in the street when singers, musicians and entertainers take over Brighouse town centre during 1940s weekend.

Big bands, singing duos, vocalists and swing bands will be adding a nostalgic musical flavour to the weekend, from Thursday, May 30 to Sunday, June 2.

Taking part will be Brighouse singer Natasha Harper who is part of a vocal duo with her father Paul, of Liversedge.

“We’ll be singing songs from the 1920s onwards. Until the Americans came over to Britain during the war, many of the songs that people enjoyed during those years were from the 1920s and ‘30s.

“I love the whole wartime look and I’ve been collecting clothes from the period. We’ll be singing in the town centre and hope to get people dancing in the streets,” said Natasha who recently returned from Holland where she was performing with her dad at the Liberation anniversary celebrations.

Also taking part will be Huddersfield-based Swing of Things who will perform at a variety show at the Civic Hall on Saturday, June 1 and Five Star Swing who will play Hits from the Blitz at a 1940s dance at the Ritz Ballroom, also on Saturday, June 1.

The 1940s weekend will include a vintage market, dance lessons, classic movies, community singing, talks and re-enactments. There will be a burlesque cabaret show and concert of wartime music by Brighouse and Rastrick Band.

The weekend has been organised by Brighouse Business Initiative and follows on from the hugely-successful Totally Locally street markets which regularly attract hundreds of visitors to the town.

One of the organisers Steve Lord said: “The town centre will become the venue for a host of 1940s events and displays, from Spitfires to vintage vehicles, from home cooking to 1940s dress. We are aiming to portary the Home Front during Britain’s finest hour.”

The nostalgia begins on Thursday, May 30 with a special screnning of the classic weepie Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart.

Another highlight will be the fly-past by a Spitfire from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on Sunday, June 2.

Chris Helme will give a local history talk at Brighouse Salvation Army hall and there will be a Remembrance service to honour those who lost their lives in the conflict.