Town set to go back in time for VE Day celebration

Pontefract Home Guard re-enactors at Brodsworth Hall near Doncaster
Pontefract Home Guard re-enactors at Brodsworth Hall near Doncaster

The years are set to be rolled back to the 1940s next month when a Doncaster area town marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two.

Thorne will be hosting a 1940s Weekend to mark the the milestone celebrating Victory in Europe Day in 1945.

The two day spectactular will feature a host of music, re-enactments and many other events from the era across a host of venues in the town.

The party will be held on May 9 and 10 and will include performances from 40s styled acts Land Girls, Marina Mae, Ruby Macintosh and Scarlett.

There will also be songs from The George Formby Experience, Don Gentile, The Armthorpe Elmfield Band, Lone Piper and Elsie Dene.

In addition, there will also be local dance troupes, Punch and Judy, a funfair, live re-enactments and the Pontefract Home Guard.

Other attractions will include a Thorne 1940s pin-up competition, classic vehicles as well as live entertainment at Willaspoons, The Harlequin, The Fair Green Hotel, The Punchbowl and Thornensians RUFC.

To complete the line-up there will be workshops, singalongs, dress-up, dance groups and much more with stall spaces still available to book.

Further details are available on 01405 817186 or by emailing

A website - has also been set up.

On May 8, the 70th anniversary of VE Day itself will be marked with the lighting of a special beacon - one of scores being lit across the country to commemorate the end of World War Two.

The event will take place at Thorne Rugby Ground at exactly 9.32pm.