Brighouse 1940s Weekend – 5th to 7th June 2015
Brighouse 1940’s Weekend is the premier 1940s event in the country. The whole town centre will be taken over with displays & re-enactments. Walk around streets filled singing and dancing. It’s all free to enter, making for a great family fun weekend.
Brighouse is getting ready to stage the premier free 1940s event in the country. After the last two year’s wonderful successes this year’s event will be even bigger and better. It takes place from Friday June 5th to Sunday June 7th.The whole town centre will be taken over with displays, re-enactments, music, dance and family entertainment. As you walk around streets filled with people in 40s outfits, past 40s shop windows and displays of vintage vehicles, you’ll find something of interest at every corner, one display leads to another. With 40s music in the air, sights to see and good food and drink available all around, what more could you wish for and it’s all free to enter, making for a great family fun weekend. See re-enactors, singers, dancers, military displays & vehicles, RAF flyover, a vintage market, parades and free demonstrations.
And it’s not just the military side of the 40s that’s being remembered. During both Saturday and Sunday the town will be filled with music of the era performed by top singers on four stages, twice as many as last time and there will literally be dancing in the street with two dance areas. This year commemorates the 70th anniversary of VE Day, the end of the war in Europe, and the organisers have focussed on the music and general euphoria of that year to bring a party atmosphere to the event. The number of singing acts will be double last year.
It’s fun for all the family with free entertainment all round the town. For the children there will be a fun fair, steam train and donkey rides.
The fun starts on Friday night with the Civic Hall turned into a 1940s dance hall. Brandyn Shaw and his Rhythm Makers have come up from London to put on a great night of music and dance, whilst over at the Central Methodist Church there will be a humorous play about D Day veterans, “Le Grand Return” performed by Talking Stock Productions which has just toured the north of England to great critical acclaim.
Saturday sees the return of the hugely popular variety show at the Civic, with a matinee performance as well as an extended evening show, and a dance at the Assembly Rooms featuring the Glenn Miller sound of NyteBeat. On Sunday night an extra dance has been scheduled for the first time as a grand finale, featuring the popular Calderdale Big Band. It will round off the weekend in true party style.
For more information see www.brighouse1940sweekend.co.uk or ring 01484 722462. Tickets for the dances, variety shows and the play are available from Harrison Lord, Simply Flowers and Ryecorn Wholefoods in Brighouse or online.
Courtesy Steven Lord