Rolling back the years at 40s event in Thorne

Residents stepped back in time to enjoy a fun-filled 1940s extravaganza to mark the 71st anniversary of the end of World War II.

Tuesday, 10th May 2016, 8:38 am
Updated Tuesday, 10th May 2016, 9:46 am
Thorne 1940's weekend 2016. Pictured are Adrian and Joanne Tait and Alex and Nigel Richards. Photo: Chris Etchells

The two-day spectacular took place in Thorne to mark the milestone, celebrating Victory in Europe Day in 1945.

The event, over the weekend, featured a host of music, re-enactments and stalls with residents donning their best 1940s-style clothes for the occasion.

Thorne 1940's weekend 2016. The Land Girls entertained the crowds with 1940's songs. Photo: Chris Etchells

It kicked off with members of the The Royal British Legion leading a parade, accompanied by cadets, Sheffield Pipe Band, classic cars and a children’s jazz band.

Organiser Linda Kinloch Grainger said: “It was absolutely marvellous, a wonderful weekend and the parade was so moving.

“Around 10,000 people attended over the weekend not just from the area but from all over the country.

“This event really helps to put Thorne on the map and bring about a sense of community spirit.

Thorne 1940's weekend 2016. Members of the Pontefract Home Guard. Photo: Chris Etchells

“We want to thank everyone who came along.”

As successful as the event was, Linda said the team must attract sponsorship to ensure it can go ahead next year.

“We love hosting the event but we need volunteers and sponsors to come forward to make this happen again next year.”

Anyone who wants to sponsor next year’s event or volunteer can contact Linda on 01405 817186.

Thorne 1940's weekend 2016. The Land Girls entertained the crowds with 1940's songs. Photo: Chris Etchells

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Thorne 1940's weekend 2016. Members of the Pontefract Home Guard. Photo: Chris Etchells