It's all our yesterdays as visitors dress to thrill for Haworth 1940s event (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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It's all our yesterdays as visitors dress to thrill for Haworth 1940s event
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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