We’ll meet again at 40s weekend

Brighouse 1940s Weekend
Brighouse 1940s Weekend

Organisers of Brighouse 1940s Weekend are preparing to turn back the clocks and celebrate the wartime spirit as the event returns.

Following on from the success of last year’s 1940s weekend, Brighouse Business Initiative is promising an even bigger and better event in 2014.

Steven Lord, owner of the Harrison Lord Gallery who is also a volunteer organiser, said “Last year was our first 1940s weekend and what a success it turned out to be.

“This event has really captured people’s imagination and people are even more excited. Every day I get asked for more information and, with the number of people planning on dressing up in 40s outfits, it’s going to be amazing.”

There will be more evening entertainment this year, including a variety show starring all the great names of the 40s such as Vera Lynn, George Formby and Max Miller, plus two dances and a cinema show.

Committee member John Buxton, of Ryecorn Wholefoods, said: “We are very excited about our evening line-up.

“It starts on the Thursday night with a vintage cinema show of ‘Ice Cold in Alex’.

“Then The Palm Court Orchestra will be holding a gala dance at the Civic Hall on the Friday night, a wonderful variety show will be performed on Saturday afternoon and evening, and we will have a Glenn Miller style dance on Saturday night.”

Lesley Adams, of Simply Flowers, is urging shopkeepers to embrace the wartime spirit by dressing up their shop fronts for the event and wearing period costume.

“We want the streets to be full of people in 40s outfits and the whole town to look as if it had gone back in time,” she said.

“This year we are closing Bethel Street and taking over the adjoining car park to give us more space for exhibits and allow easier movement for visitors.”

Tickets for all events are on sale now and the organisers recommend early booking to avoid disappointment as events last year sold out.

Tickets can be bought at Harrison Lord, Ryecorn Wholefoods, Simply Flowers and online at www.brighouse1940sweekend.co.uk.

More details about the 1940s weekend, which will take place around the town on June 7 and 8, will be revealed in the Brighouse Echo over the coming weeks.