Shoppers should expect a swinging time for 1940s

The number of people keen to get involved in the 1940s weekend in Brighouse has snowballed.

Organisers say that the programme of events is changing on a day to day basis as more people hear about the fantastic activities planned.

The weekend of events will start on Thursday, May 30, with a 1940s cinema at Brighouse Civic Hall, the following night there will be a 1940s dance entitled Crown Top Kings at the Ritz Ballroom, in Bradford Road, and a Burlesque Show at the Civic Hall.

On Saturday, June 1, the day will start with Neville Chamberlain’s speech on Commercial Street, followed by singers Natasha and Paul Harper, Pete Bolton, Katie Spitfire, Dickie Lines which are various 40s characters, and speeches by General Eisenhower and Winston Churchill. From 4pm in Commercial Street Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band will be performing.

At Brighouse Civic Hall there will be a news reel film show, at 2pm ‘Evacuees’ play by pupils at Lightcliffe CE Primary School and in the evening there will be a variety show and concert party.

Also planned for Saturday evening is a concert by Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band at Central Methodist Church, Brighouse, and a 1940s dance called Five Star Swing at the Ritz Ballroom.

There is also plenty planned for Sunday too. There will be the same singers performing and a few speeches during the day. Between 11am and 11.30am there will be a Remembrance Service.

In the afternoon there will be a news reel film show at Brighouse Civic Hall and Chris Helme will be giving a history talk at Brighouse Salvation Army at some point over the weekend.

In and amongst all the events planned there will be a vintage market, a full size replica Spitfire, fairground rides hopefully from the 1940s, miniature steam railway, park and ride with vintage buses from Armitage Road, WI Choir, vintage vehicles and re-enactors.

One of the organisers Lesley Adams said they were expecting between 20,000 and 30,000 people over the weekend.

There will be no car boot in Daisy Street car park to free up the car park some of the businesses will be putting on special events.

Lesley said: “We are getting some fantastic support and have had a number of community groups get involved. Since we decided to do this we have been amazed by the amount of interest. Hundreds of people have already booked into hotels and we are thinking of setting up a campsite. People are coming from all over the country.”

Organisers are looking for volunteers for the weekend. Anyone interested should register at Ryecorn Wholefoods, Brighouse Dry Cleaners, The Pot Shop, Simply Sweets, Brief Encounter, Harrison Lord Gallery, Simply Flowers, Just Books and The Flower Garden. They are also looking for people to bake cakes again like they did for the Diamond Jubilee for the 40s tea stall.