Red Arrows to fly in for first vintage event

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There will be a trip down memory lane this weekend as Elland’s first vintage event gets underway.

The Rotary Club of Elland has been planning the showpiece event for the past year and it’s hoped it will become an annual success.

There promises to be plenty of highlights across the weekend, including a fly-past on Sunday from the Red Arrows, followed by a Lancaster Bomber from the Battle of Britain memorial flight.

The Red Arrows fly-past will be 2.50pm. and the Lancaster will fly over at 3.17pm.

David Wilkinson, president of the Rotary Club of Elland, said: “The club has never had what could be called a signature event where it can engage with the community, where local people and Rotarians can come along and enjoy themselves whilst also supporting worthy causes.

“Our vintage weekend will give Elland and its community an annual event to be proud of and we hope it will grow year on year. Hebden Bridge has a Classic Car Weekend, and Brighouse has a 1940s Weekend, Sowerby Bridge has a Classic Bike Show and now Elland has its vintage weekend.”

The nostalgia packed event begins today with a vintage ball, a black tie dinner and dance with live music from 60s legends The Bachelors with a charity raffle and auction.

On Saturday, from 2pm to 4pm, there will be a 1950s style tea party and dance. Entry is free but by ticket only.

And Sunday will be a vintage lovers’ paradise. The vintage fair will be open from 10am until 5pm at Elland Cricket Club, where there will be stalls, a full scale model Spitfire, a classic show with cars, bikes, buses, lorries and military vehicles, plus fairground rides and a miniature steam railway.

The day will end with a golf ball drop. Tickets for the ball, tea dance and golf ball drop can be purchased from Ingrid Holdsworth at ingridholdsworth@yahoo.co.uk or 01422 256919.