A FLY-PAST from a Hawker Hurricane will be among the highlights of a 1940s weekend.

The annual event will return to Brighouse on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 and is expected to draw in massive crowds from across the region and beyond.

Celebrating the war years, Brighouse will host a feast of nostalgic music, entertainment, food and fashion.

A collection of vintage vehicles will be on show alongside army vehicles.

The town will also host a wide range of wartime demonstrations such as re-enactors parade, living history displays and remembrance services. The hugely popular event will also see the largest vintage market yet.

Visitors on Saturday will be able to witness a fly-past by a Hawker Hurricane from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial flight. It is understood the fly-past will happen in the afternoon, subject to weather conditions and other factors.

There will be two stages of singers and entertainers who will take you back to the 40s era; on Thornton Square and Bradford Road stages.

Meanwhile, music and dancing will take over Bethel Street car park and the Park Street Courtyard. Come join in with the jitterbug or you might prefer to dance the Lindy Hop.

A full-size replica Spitfire and working Merlin engine will be on display while miniature steam train rides and a fairground will provide plenty of fun for children.

The real ale and Pimm’s tent is bound to be a favourite destination as will be the tea, coffee and cake from our NAAFI tent on Commercial Street as well as a section of street food stalls.

Events will be held across the town from 10am until 7pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

Anne Colley, Chair of the Brighouse Business Initiative – the voluntary group which organises the event – said: “Our 1940s Weekend is always one of the highlights of Brighouse’s events calendar and we can’t wait to welcome back thousands of visitors to the town this year.

“As ever, we hope as many people as possible will dress up in 1940s clothing and shop windows across the town centre will be dressing their windows in 1940s style.

“With music, dance, fun, food, drink and remembrance, there really is something for everyone.”

As well as dancing in the streets all weekend we invite you to dance the night away on Saturday 1st June.

Take a sentimental journey down memory lane and don your dancing shoes for the ever popular Saturday Night Dance.

The organisers are delighted to welcome back the Ashby Little Big Band and as an extremely special treat they are again joined by vintage vocalist Kitty LaMare who will perform a repertoire of 40s classics and dance lessons.

Due to the popularity of the dance, the organisers are moving to a much bigger venue, the Civic Hall in the centre of Brighouse, with ample seating and a full bar.

The ticket prices have also been reduced to £12 and people are urged to "come along and have a go" as the ticket price includes a free dance lesson. Dress code is optional but everyone is encouraged to dress-up 1940s style.

To find out more about the event and to purchase tickets for the Saturday Night Dance,visit www.brighouse1940sweekend.co.uk