Second World War planes for Harrogate event

A Spitfire will feature at this year's 1940s day
A Spitfire will feature at this year's 1940s day

It’s a double celebration this week for the Friends of Valley Gardens who have confirmed that this year’s 1940s day will feature a fly-past by not one but two iconic Second World War fighter planes.

Visitors to the popular annual event, which takes place in the Valley Gardens on Sunday, June 29, will be able to watch a Spitfire and a Hurricane fly over the gardens on a Battle of Britain memorial flight.

It’s sure to be the highlight of an entertaining day, which will also features military vehicles, children’s activities, stands of the past and present era, a beer tent run by Hale’s Bar and food stalls. The Yorkshire Building Society will run the Cake Stall and Harrogate Mumblers the Tombola.

The bandstand will provide music and entertainment throughout the day. Major Swing and his wife Kitty will compere and provide vintage music, the popular Echo42 Swing Band led by Paul Mayo returns after a highly successful performance at last year’s event, vintage tribute singer Cherie Lawrence makes her debut appearance, and the Harrogate Phoenix Players will complement the bandstand programme. Molly Dancers will also be performing in the Valley Gardens.

Last year 20,844 people visited the Valley Gardens for 1940s Day, many in period costume.

Entrance is free and all monies raised will go towards the restoration of the Old Magnesia Well Pump Room and surrounding Peat Garden.

For information, to volunteer or for advertising opportunities, contact Kim Wilson on 01423 561 618, kim@the or Jon Collins on 07944 693 406.