Step back in time to the 1940s

Sue and Steve Woods who are organising a 1940s event at Southwood Lodge, Halifax.
Sue and Steve Woods who are organising a 1940s event at Southwood Lodge, Halifax.

Halifax will be transported to a bygone era when the town hosts its first ever 1940s weekend.

Following in the footsteps of similar events up and down the country, the weekend, held on April 24-26, promises to be a spectacular showcase of the fabulous forties.

With vintage stalls, military vehicles, living history displays, free Swing Jive lessons and even a speech from King George VI, there will be something for all the family to enjoy.

The event will be held in the atmospheric surroundings of the Southwood Club, Birdcage Lane, and has been masterminded by 40s enthusiasts Sue and Steve Woods.

The pair said: “The weekend will be absolutely buzzing, it really will be like stepping back in time and it’s something we hope will carry on for years to come - Halifax needs something like this.

“Friday will be a school’s day, where pupils can come along and see the living history, speak to the characters and see actual artefacts from the 1940s.

“across the rest of the weekend there will be military vehicles, a tea dance, a parade, characters including General Patton, Ike Eisenhower, Glenn Miller and George VI, a wartime service, Katie Mustang with sounds of the 40s and a performance of Bugsy Malone from the Natasha Harper dance school.”

Sue and Steve, who hail from Bradford, regularly travel across the country to different 1940s events and first caught the bug when they went along to Haworth’s 40’s weekend.

Now, they hope the event in Halifax will capture the imagination of the town.

“Come along for a fun day out - it will be a great day for all the family,” the pair said.

“We begged them to let us do this event at Southwood hall as it’s such a great setting, the surroundings and beautiful grounds are fanstastic.

“It’s also a perfect location for people to be able to park nearby and parking will also be available at the Old Crossleyans for a small fee.”

Visitors will also be able to park camper vans and caravans at Old Crossleyans and this should be booked through Sue and Steve.

Admission is £4 for adults and £3 for children.

For tickets, stalls and further information, email sue@woodcarr.co.uk