Grab A Slice Of 1940s Action Along With Your NAAFI Tea
Victoria Benn, Features Writer
For some people 'vintage values' run deep and an appetite for all things vintage cannot be sated by mere and music and shopping alone. For such devout devotees a fully immersive experience in the shape of a weekend event is essential.
So, step forward the increasingly popular WWII and 1940s events - although watch out any rock n' roll loving rockabillies out there, because 1950s weekends are also becoming progressively profuse.
Many towns and villages across the county now host vintage weekend events, but with the aim of keeping the mileage down I have chosen to preview my local 1940s weekend, which fortuitously is also one of the best.
Now in its sixth year, Grassington 1940s Weekend aims to celebrate and pay homage to all aspects of one of the most important and pivotal eras of British history. Military encampments will be ready for inspection, as will a full size replica Spitfire.
There will be explosive battle re-enactments, drills and parades building towards the highlight of the event on Sunday afternoon, when handkerchiefs must be at the ready, as an original WWII Lancaster Bomber conducts a - no doubt deafening and emotionally charged - flypast.
Dress up and partake in one of the many music and dance events which kick off on the Friday night with Mickey Ramsbottom and the Alcaseltzer Sisters.
Glenn Miller fans out there should book ahead for Saturday night's act - Echo 42 Big Band; and both Saturday and Sunday afternoons will be perfect for honing the moves of any novice dancers at the afternoon tea (and cake) dances in the Town Hall.
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The true evocativeness of Grassington 1940s Weekend has been captured in a beautiful watercolour painting which has been donated by local artist Maurice Lee, or Maurice Grumbleweed to give him his full 1970s comedy credentials.
This original framed painting is already on display at Annie and Betty's Vintage Tea Room in Grassington ahead of a Sealed Bid auction which will commence on Friday September 1st running to Friday September 15th.
The highest bidding winner will be revealed at the Big Band Dance on Saturday September 16th, with all proceeds being donated to Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association.
For more information please visit; www.grassington1940sweekend.co.uk
Future Vintage Dates for your Diary
Leeds Kirkgate Market Vintage Fair, August 5
Lotherton Hall Vintage Weekend, August 19, 20
Leeds Vintage Home and Furniture Fair, Sept 9, 10
Hebden Bridge Vintage Fair, Sept 23, 24
Harrogate Vintage Fair, Nov 18
Grab A Slice Of 1940s Action Along With Your NAAFI Tea, 7th August 2017, 9:28 AM