Thorne’s annual 1940s event returns for its sixth year this weekend with new attractions alongside established favourites.
The town will see visits by 1940s reenactors and local venues will have 40s themed entertainment throughout the event that takes place over the weekend of Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May.
Living history reenactors and vintage performers are set to descend on the town for two days as everyone is transported back to wartime Britain and a bygone era.
Dennis Turner returns as ‘Bomber’ Harris and Derek Herbert appears this year as Sir Winston Churchill. Town centre pubs and nearby care homes have musical tributes including a George Formby act as well as vintage singers Marina Mae, Don Gentile and Cherie Lawrence among others.
A vintage bus – new for this year – will carry passengers between Thorne Memorial Park on South Parade and Staniland Marina on Lock Hill where military vehicles and other attractions await.
Reenactors include the Pontefract Home Guard, ‘The Yanks’ and the ACA Reenactment Group. A fun fair will be in the town centre on both days and Sunday will also see a wedding blessing 1940s style in Thorne Memorial Park.
Competitions include 1940s pin-up, Best Dressed Evacuee and Best Dressed Shop Window.
Linda Kinloch, Chair of the volunteer committee Best of Thorne that organises the event, said: “Thorne is really on the map this year and we have had lots of enquiries about entertainment and reenactment. We have got some fantastic acts and attractions along with some new ones”.
Various craft and vintage stalls will be dotted around the town and in the Old Person’s Welfare Centre on Church Street, which is also an information hub for the event with programmes available. Linda added: “For anything anybody wants to know, or where anything is, come to the information hub in the town centre which is based at the OAP welfare centre.”
Thorne 1940s weekend event gets underway from 10.00am on Saturday 11 May and continues the following day, Sunday 12 May, from 10.30am.
See pictures from last year’s event (2018) here: www.thornetimes.co.uk/in-pictures-thorne-1940s-2018