A VILLAGE stepped back in time at the weekend.

People donned period costume and bedecked premises in themed bunting for a 1940s day at Haworth.

Saturday’s event, which was a scaled-back version of the hugely-popular annual Forties Weekend, has been hailed as a massive success.

Event organiser Andrea Leathley thanked everyone who gave their support.

“This was the first Haworth 1940s event since before the pandemic began,” she said.

“The 2020 event had to be cancelled – as was the one which would have taken place in May this year.

“But we decided to go-ahead with this scaled-down event, for just the one day.

“The atmosphere was brilliant.”

Traders in Main Street decorated their premises in period style and bunting also adorned the Spar and Co-op stores in Station Road.

Instead of activities being spread across the village as in previous years, the main attractions were centred on Central Park and the tennis courts.

The varied line-up included singing, DJs, stalls, a fairground, military displays, vehicles, a tombola and competitions to guess the amount of sweets in a jar and the name of a teddy bear.

There was also a popular evening dance.

Some shops and other businesses in Haworth made donations to help stage the event and contributed prizes.

“We would like to thank everybody for their support and the events team which worked hard to ensure everything ran smoothly,” said Andrea.

“We probably had around 5,000 to 6,000 people attend across the whole day.

“There was great feedback from the public – people really enjoyed the event.

“Next year’s event is already in the planning stages. It will take place on May 21 and 22.”

The 1940s Weekend has now been running for more than two decades.

It has grown into an event which under normal circumstances would attract huge crowds from across the UK – and beyond.

The weekend has also provided a model for other, similar events elsewhere and has raised money for various charities.