Chesterfield gets in the blitz spirit with a full programme of all things 1940s in a series of events organised by Chesterfield Borough Council.
Back for the third year running, the 1940s weekend takes place from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 March and includes events at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield Museum and the Pomegranate Theatre.
The event kicks off on the Friday evening with a swing jive dance in the Winding Wheel auditorium with local band SwingAmathing accompanying the revelry. Tickets cost £7.50.
Saturday and Sunday will see a vintage fair in the Winding Wheel from 10am-4pm featuring a vintage market in the auditorium, live entertainment in the ballroom and a 40s style café in the function room and 1940s hair styling. Tickets for this event cost £4 all day.
Both days will also see a re-enactment of life on the home front in Chesterfield Museum and a parade of vintage cars and wartime equipment on Corporation Street (outside the Pomegranate Theatre).
Saturday evening features a 40s party in the Winding Wheel ballroom, kitted out as an air-raid shelter, with period songs and dances, quizzes and games. Tickets cost £8.50.
The weekend is rounded off by a showing of the classic 1945 film Brief Encounter at the Pomegranate Theatre at 2pm, starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. Tickets are £4.50 for adults and £3.90 for concessions.
Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for leisure, culture and tourism said: “The 1940s is a period remembered with nostalgia by many.
“These events are also a wonderful way of allowing our children to learn more about the war and the heroic acts performed on the home front in a lively and entertaining way.”
To book to attend any of the events, contact the Chesterfield Theatres box office on 01246 345222 or book online at www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk. Vintage fair passes are available, offering a discount on ticket prices.
For more information on the event, visit the EventPlan website: www.eventplan.co.uk