Next weekend look out for vintage tea sets, ration books, gas masks, bars of soap, faded boxes of washing powder and yellowed newspapers as the hugely successful 1940s Weekend takes over the town on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June with extra evening entertainment on Friday 2nd.
We asked Steven Lord, owner of the Harrison Lord Gallery, why he thinks the event has become so popular?
“I think it’s so successful because people want to keep a piece of the past,” he said. “We are living in uncertain times with Brexit and the election looming. Young people are playing music on vinyl and using film cameras. The popularity of the 40s Weekend is all part of a back to basics approach.
You can lose yourself in a world of make do and mend, it’s the perfect antidote to the disposablity of digital life and modern day stresses.”
The event is organised by the volunteers of the Brighouse Business Initiative (BBI). All the town centre roads will be closed and be entirely traffic free for the weekend. The streets will be filled with market stalls, vintage and military vehicles, displays, re-enactors in period outfits, dancer and singers. WW2 aircraft of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial flight will fly-overs on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, weather permitting. A remembrance service will be held on Sunday afternoon. “With music in the air, sights to see and good food and real ale available all around, what more could you wish for and it’s all free to enter.”
The town centre shops will be ready with staff all dressed up in 40’s gear and window displays commemorating the era. The organisers would like as many people as possible to come dressed in 40 s style.