Haworth 1940s Nazi military uniform row is rubbished

No trouble was reported despite German uniforms again being in evidence on Main Street for Haworth 1940s Weekend

No trouble was reported despite German uniforms again being in evidence on Main Street for Haworth 1940s Weekend

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Organisers of the hugely popular Haworth 1940s Weekend have rubbished national reports villagers were upset by some visitors wearing Nazi uniforms during the event.

Despite national press coverage, only a handful of people attended the two-day celebration dressed in Second World War German military uniforms.

At least six people in the uniforms were present in the village on Saturday, and a small group of them set up a re-enactment display in Haworth Central Park.

In the run-up to the weekend, organisers had asked people attending not to wea Nazi insignia or Nazi uniforms. And many businesses displayed notices stating they would not admit anyone wearing such clothing.

But while some people chose to ignore the request, one of the 1940s committee members, Main Street trader Nikki Carroll, said they were a small minority out of the thousands of people who had flocked to the village, and that their presence didn’t create any unrest.

She added: “This is a community event, which has been taken on by the Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen's Families Association (SSAFA) and really I’m not interested in those few people who come dressed up in this type of uniform.

“It’s entirely up to them, but we did our best to make them feel unwelcome.”

SSAFA branch chairman for West Yorkshire, Terry Grayshon, said the issue posed a dilemma, as there is no law to stop people wearing Second World War German uniforms.

He added: “We have suggested to people it isn’t appropriate to come dressed like that.

“But we do live in a free society and a free country, and that is thanks to our men and women who have served in the armed forces.

“There is no legislation to prevent people wearing these clothes. I do think their numbers get fewer each year, as more people understand that it’s not appropriate to do this.”

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