Dressed to thrill in Haworth's 'best ever' 1940s bash

Sweeney family members Sandra, Chloe and John join in the 1940s fun

Land girls, from left, Jenny Wilson, Yvonne Needler, Chris Harland and Janet Crane get ready for action

Louise Boaler keeps her seams straight to wow onlookers

First published in Keighley

Haworth 1940s Weekend dished up a huge serving of fun and nostalgia for thousands of visitors and locals alike.

Both days enjoyed excellent weather, with dozens of memorabilia stalls, re-enactments, refreshments and other attractions taking advantage of the sun to set up in Main Street, Haworth Central Park and the Parsonage Museum car park.

This year’s event raised money for the Soldiers Sailors Airmen and Families Assoc-iation (SSAFA) and was organised by the association, with help from a committee of village residents and traders.

One of 1940s committee members, Haworth Main Street shop owner Nikki Carroll, said: “Many people have said it was the best weekend ever.

“The weather certainly helped, and it’s also good the event is now spread across the village, which is different to how it used to be.

“The fly-past by the Dakota plane on the Sunday morning was very well timed – that was just prior to the remembrance service with the veterans in the parish church.

“We really do want to thank SSAFA for embracing the weekend and taking it on.”

SSAFA branch chairman for West Yorkshire, Terry Gray-shon, said the weekend had been “fantastic”, and praised the efforts of SSAFA organiser, Stephen King.

“It’s a wonderful event with a serious message attached to it – to remember the sacrifices of the men and women who have served their country,” he added.

In addition to the hundreds of people who came dressed in 1940s-era clothes, there were military vehicles on show, a Spitfire fighter on display near the Parsonage, 1940s music and songs and a ‘Station X’ exhibition in tribute to the vital wartime code-breaking carried out at Bletchley Park.

Station X featured a short film of an interview with Dr Ian Mayo-Smith and Captain Jerry Roberts about their work at Bletchley. Dr Mayo-Smith is the father of the Reverend Peter Mayo-Smith, priest-in-charge at Haworth Parish Church.

Nikki added: “On Saturday, whilst visiting the Station X exhibition, a 90-year-old lady disclosed to her son for the first time she had also worked at Bletchley Park. Her son had no idea she’d worked there – it was extremely moving.”

 

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