Celebrating the good times and honouring the heroes

Brighouse 1940s Weekend logo
Brighouse 1940s Weekend logo

The 2014 Brighouse 1940s Weekend will celebrate the many good things of the period and also commemorate two important anniversaries.

Taking place on June 7 and 8, the event will celebrate the community spirit, the make do and mend attitude, the music and the fashions of the era, but at the same time organisers the Brighouse Business Initiative felt it was important to remember the sacrifices made by many.

One hundred years ago, 1914 saw the start of the First World War. Ten million lives were lost in this “war to end all wars”.

Brighouse and all its surrounding communities sustained their share of this tragic statistic.

On Sunday, June 8, there will be two talks about the First World War at the Salvation Army Citadel.

The first at 2pm will be given by local historian Chris Helme. His illustrated talk will be about Brighouse during the First World War and the Brighouse Territorials who were called up for frontline service in 1914.

The second talk at 3pm will be given by John Spencer, from Bankfield Museum in Halifax, about the army during the First World War.

Tickets for each lecture are £5, including light refreshments. They can be bought on the door or in advance at Harrison Lord, Ryecorn Wholefoods and Simply Flowers, or online at www.brighouse1940sweekend.co.uk.

Seventy years ago almost to the day saw the start of the D Day landings. Displays all around the town during the 1940s Weekend will commemorate this turning point in the Second World War.

We’ll have more details about what’s in store at the 1940s Weekend in the Echo in the coming weeks.