From George Formby to Trench Stew: Bridlington Old Town 1940s festival comes to town

June 10 will see the seaside town of Bridlington come alive with all things 1940s, with a festival dedicated to and celebrating this particular period of time.

After last year's event was highly successful, the popular event is back again and will be a superb day of free entertainment, beginning at 11am.

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The seaside resort of Bridlington will provide the backdrop to this festival, being inspired by the 2016 Dad's Army film which used Bridlington Old Town's Georgian High Street to portray Walmington On Sea and included a St Georges Day Parade lead by Bridlington's Own Town Crier David Hinde.

This 1940s festival will celebrate Bridlington's Old Town being used as the location for this film and its epic transformation into Walmington -On-Sea.

Many businesses located in the Old Town were used for individual shop sets in the film, which was also set during the 1940s.

There will be a handpicked selection of performers, including the George Formby Experience, Madeline Brown, Jessa Liversidge and Coastal Voices and Yorkshire Corps of Drums.

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In regards to food and drink, there will be a splendid selection of traditional home made and specialist foods including hog roasts, trench stew, artisan breads, crepes, pies and traditional sweet stalls.

There will also be pubs serving real ale, restaurants, tea rooms, traditional fish & chips and a Walmington On-Sea brewery.

Paul Casper will be paying tribute to George Formby with his enthusiastic and highly-anticipated performance.

Singer Madeline Brown will also be giving an authentic 1940s performance, as will Jessa Liversidge, who is part of the York Military Wives Choir.

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Various re-enactors and living history groups will also be in attendance, including Haworth WR28 Home Guard, Pontefract Home Guard Living History, Pontefract Home Guard Living History, UK Police Re-Enactment Group.

There will also be a Dambusters Squadron Display and a Weddings of Yesteryear 1940's Wedding Display, both located at Bridlington Priory Church.

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