Town ready to embrace 40’s fever

Brighouse 1940s Weekend
Brighouse 1940s Weekend

There will be dancing in the streets when 1940s fever comes to Brighouse in three weeks’ time.

Bigger and better than last year’s hugely successful event, organisers The Brighouse Business Initiative promise even more entertainment on the streets and venues in the town centre at Brighouse 1940s Weekend on June 7 and 8.

Highlights include a variety show on the Saturday evening, with a shorter matinee performance in the afternoon.

The performers will recreate the atmosphere of a BBC wartime concert party broadcast featuring stars such as George Formby, Vera Lynn, Al Bowlly, Max Miller, Flannigan and Allen, Noel Coward and Gracie Fields.

Returning favourites include father and daughter singers Paul and Natasha Harper, who are veterans of the 1940s scene.

Paul, who has just returned from taking part in a 1940s weekend in Holland, said: “It’s really amazing what you’ve achieved in Brighouse.

“I know events that have been going for 20 years that aren’t as good as yours and it’s only your second year.

“The variety show in the Civic Hall has to be the best line up I’ve ever been involved with. I must compliment the organisers on a brilliant job.”

There will be a choice of two dances on offer to get feet tapping.

The first, on Friday, June 6, features the Palm Court Dance Orchestra at the Civic Hall. With DJ Major Swing as compere, it will be a night of 40s dancing in all styles. The ticket price includes a light supper.

The second dance, on the Saturday night, features local stars Nyte Beat who will recreate the Glenn Miller sound.

Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band will be giving a performance on Saturday night at Central Methodist Church, with a preview performance on the town centre stage in the afternoon.

Throughout the weekend vocalists, musicians and choirs will be bringing a nostalgic musical flavour to the town centre.

The 1940s weekend will also include a street market, vehicle displays, a classic movie screening, talks, re-enactments and displays.

New this year will be a military display in Bethel Street car park, which will include full size aircraft and tanks.

Tickets for the concerts and dances are available from Harrison Lord, Simply Flowers, Ryecorn Wholefoods or online at