Pateley Bridge is to be transported back to the 1940s next weekend when it hosts a new family-friendly event commemorating the area’s role in feeding the nation during the Second World War.
A full calendar of wartime-themed entertainment is planned for the town’s first 1940s Weekend from Friday to Sunday, August 15 to 17, including re-enactors in period costume, vintage vehicles, agricultural displays and bomb disposal demonstrations.
The weekend has been organised by the Nidderdale Chamber of Trade, which aims to build on the success of a smaller 1940s-themed event held in Pateley Bridge last summer by a small group of local enthusiasts, including Mark Richards of J Richards & Son jewellers on the High Street.
Mark said: “The town as a whole really embraced last year’s event. The chamber of trade then took it on board and developed it.”
Mark is hopeful that the 1940s Weekend will be a success, adding: “We saw increased visitor numbers to Pateley Bridge last year, and this event will be bigger.”
In a bid to evoke the wartime spirit, doorways will be sandbagged, windows taped up, an air raid patrol post erected and - weather permitting - a spitfire will carry out a Battle of Britain memorial flight. There will also be a make-do-and-mend bazaar at Pateley Memorial Hall, and a traditional fairground in Southlands car park.
On the Friday evening, a 1940s tea dance will take place in the Memorial Hall. Tickets are £6 and include a light supper. Contact Brian Weatherhead on 01423 711 642.
A swing dance will be held on the Saturday evening at Harefield Hall, with live musical accompaniment from a Second World War-inspired vocalist. To book tickets, contact Harefield Hall on 01423 711 429.
The Summerbridge Brass Band and The Shadow Trio will also be performing a concert in the bandstand, while The Crown Hotel will host 1940’s music and a singer.
Demonstrations and exhibitions will cover subjects such as air raids, land girls, women’s wartime uniforms, an RAF plotting room, the Royal Observer Corps, wartime memorabilia and the PMRAFNS Guinea Pig Club.
Visitors are being invited to submit their photographs of the day to a competition run by the chamber of trade. The winner will receive a hamper of local produce valued at £100 and runners-up will get prizes worth £40. The pictures will also be published in the Nidderdale Herald.
For more see www.pateley1940sweekend.co.uk