Step back in time to the fabulous forties

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.

A part of Halifax will be transported to a bygone era when it hosts its first ever 1940s event this weekend.

Following in the footsteps of similar events up and down the country, the weekend promises to be a spectacular showcase of the fabulous forties.

With military vehicles, living history displays, free Swing Jive lessons, a speech from King George VI, stalls including vintage hair and makeup, plus a good dose of wartime spirit, there will be something for all to enjoy.

The event will be held in the atmospheric surroundings of the Southwood Club, Birdcage Lane, and has been organised 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.

“Across 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. There will also be free entry for anyone who comes dressed up.”

Sue and Steve are regulars at 1940s events and hope this weekend will capture Halifax’s imagination.

The event begins today (Friday) and is a schools day, where pupils can go along and see living history displays, speak to the characters and view artefacts from the 1940s.

And for those who would like to experience all the weekend has to offer, spaces are still available for camper vans and caravans at the Old Crossleyans Rugby Club site for a fee of £10 for the weekend.

Admission is £4 for adults and £3 for children, for more information, email