It's all our yesterdays as visitors dress to thrill for Haworth 1940s event

The scene on Main Street at the Haworth 1940s weekend.

Alison Danylls, Victoria Chick, Lynda Reddish and Nikki Willow-Salt in Forties dresses

Land Girls line up, from left, Jenny Wilson, Yvonne Needler, Chris Harland and Janet Crane

Philip Jarvis at the wheel of an armoured half-track

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Aire/Worth Valley Reporter

Red,white and blue – and a lot of pink – were the colours as Haworth roasted in glorious sunshine throughout its famous 1940s weekend.

After torrential rains at last year's heritage festival, the estimated 12,000 visitors relished the chance to bare arms and almost everything else.

A major pleasure for those who hurl themselves into the spirit of the weekend is dressing up.

And hats off to the hundreds who glowed and perspired clad in beautifully tailored, but thick, heavy old British fabrics.

But, by Churchill, as luck has it Haworth is blessed with dozens of pubs, cafes and hostelries where beverages where supped with VE day enthusiasm.

For those who needed even more heat there was also the chance to rub up against some extra-special Second World War steam engines courtesy of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

At KWVR’s Haworth station on Saturday morning the on-line equals of a Spitfire and a Mustang were on display and went into active service.

Two engines, 90733, a British WD Class 2-8-0, and US Transportation Corp S160 Class Number 5820 received a dedication from the village’s Rector Peter Mayo Smith in front of a deputy of the county’s Lord Lieutenant and two representatives of the US Military.

This year the weekend’s organisation was in the safe hands of the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen’s Families Association who provided marshals to guide the huge crowds around the crowded streets and also to collect donations.

Last year £19,000 was raised to give lifelong support to servicemen and their relatives – a figure they confidently hope to top this year.

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7:50am Mon 19 May 14

Joedavid says...

Great event really enjoyed it.

Note to Yorkshire Bank your ATM at Haworth let us and many others down, do you not service them at weekends?
Great event really enjoyed it. Note to Yorkshire Bank your ATM at Haworth let us and many others down, do you not service them at weekends? Joedavid
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2:57pm Mon 19 May 14

hx3bantam says...

It was supposed to be the 1940's. What ATM?
Did the old men try and give their Nazi uniforms an airing again?
It was supposed to be the 1940's. What ATM? Did the old men try and give their Nazi uniforms an airing again? hx3bantam
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3:13pm Mon 19 May 14

modman61 says...

A great day out yesterday though distinct lack of people dressed in German uniforms. Must have been the PC brigade scaring them off. Oh well can't have everything. Also noticed there were no singers on the steps by the Black Bull. Saying that it does get to be a bit of a bottle neck up there.
A great day out yesterday though distinct lack of people dressed in German uniforms. Must have been the PC brigade scaring them off. Oh well can't have everything. Also noticed there were no singers on the steps by the Black Bull. Saying that it does get to be a bit of a bottle neck up there. modman61
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