When: 6th – 8th July 2018
Where: Ingleton, North Yorkshire
£: Free but donations welcome (there is a small charge for some of the activities)
What is it?
Once a year, over a weekend in July, the north Yorkshire village of Ingleton turns itself into a French style 1940s village. Ingleton 1940s Weekend aims to be a celebration of the era’s music, fashion, and its ‘all in it together’ mentality, with visitors dressing up and taking part in the entertainment.
Over the weekend the village becomes ‘occupied’ by ‘German troops’, with the ‘resistance’ and ‘allied troops’ helping to ‘liberate’ the village. Local residents and professional re-enactors come together to perform this unusual 1940s takeover.
This year’s event kicks off on Friday 6th July, with a dance in the beer garden of The Wheatsheaf, as Hep to The Jive and DJ Major Swing get the proceedings off to a lively start in the marquee.
The entertainment continues on the Saturday from 10am, with music and dance in the ‘occupied’ village square. There will be a visit from Thwaites’ Shire Horses, vintage stalls, 1940s themed musical performances from the likes of Kitty Lamare and Jump Jive and Wail, and a screening of the Dad’s Army film.
The fun will go on into the evening with a Saturday Night Dance in the community centre, which will be specially decorated for the event.
On the Sunday there will be a street parade with the City of Bradford Pipe Band, a marching contingent, vintage military and civilian vehicles, and an appearance from ‘Churchill’. Also on the Sunday will be a tea dance, the Silver Stars Parachute Display Team, and a performance from the Helen Howard Dance Troupe. There will also be vintage stalls and performances from ‘George Formby’.
Across the weekend there will be street games including splat the rat and defuse the UXB, displays of military and vintage vehicles, and stall selling 1940s memorabilia and clothing.
More info: www.ingleton40s.co.uk