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'Code-cracking’ weekend of fun in Haworth
Haworth’s ever-popular 1940s Weekend is once again poised to attract crowds from across the UK and beyond.
The 2014 event will take place in the village on Saturday and Sunday.
For a second year, the occasion will be raising money for the Soldiers Sailors Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA).
The latest event will be themed to commemorate the decisive Second World War D-Day Landings, which took place 70 years ago.
It is being organised by SSAFA, with help from volunteers from Haworth.
A spokesman for the organisers said: “The weekend will feature a number of talks and an exhibition about the work of code-breaking centre Bletchley Park.
“We will have our own ‘Station X’ in the village, where people will be able to learn about the vital work carried out at Bletchley.
“Haworth Central Park will play host to a number of re-enactors and living exhibitions, together with battle skirmishes. It will also stage the Pegasus Bar, a large licensed marquee hosting a number of events across the weekend.”
The spokesman added: “The Bronte Parsonage car park will be home to our ‘Y Station’, a listening station receiving messages for despatch to Station X for code-breaking. We will also have the popular Spitfire fighter plane on display, together with a collection of other interesting exhibitions and stalls.
“For those eagle-eyed people attending, they should keep an eye on the tower of Haworth Parish Church for our own tribute to paratrooper John Steel and those who liberated the town of St Mere Eglise in Normandy. His story is told in the film The Longest Day.”
Visitors will also be able to enjoy 1940s-style food, a ‘Picture Post’ souvenir magazine, wartime vehicles, uniforms and civilian fashions of the era.
If the weather is good enough there will be a fly-past by a Dakota aircraft, along with a wide range of stalls, a veterans remembrance service, an evacuee parade and dances.
Haworth’s Methodist Grimshaw Centre will dish up hot meals in wartime style at its traditional NAAFI Café. There will be corn beef hash and soup, meat and potato pie and vegetables, sandwiches and home-made cakes. Visit haworth1940sweekend.co.uk for further information, and be sure to order your copy of next week's Keighley News for a full photos focus
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