The art of 1940s Brighouse

Brighouse station c1943 with USA class S160
Brighouse station c1943 with USA class S160

A specially commissioned painting depicting and celebrating Brighouse 1940s Weekend will go on public display in the town.

The David Charlesworth painting, illustrating a steam engine hauling a freight train through Brighouse railway station in around 1943, will go on display at the Harrison Lord Gallery, Bradford Road.

David Charlesworth is a professional artist renowned for his railway artwork.

He recently completed a commission for London Overground trains and is a member of the Guild of Railway Artists.

In last year’s 1940s weekend, David was invited to showcase his artwork at the gallery by owner Steven Lord.

“David’s a master of vintage railway art and his work was so well received last year that I decided to commission a special painting featuring Brighouse - for this year’s event,” said Mr Lord.

“David has created a great painting which really captures the atmosphere of the war years. The fact that it is of Brighouse station brings home just how different a world it was in those days,” said Mr Lord.

The painting will go on display from next week, for a limited time, along with other 40s inspired pieces, and is available for sale as a limited edition print.

Commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War One local artist, Robin Dance, who specialises in aircraft paintings, will have a number of works on show depicting biplane dogfights over the trenches in France.

The eagerly awaited 1940s Weekend starts next week with a screening of the classic wartime film Ice Cold in Alex on Thursday night at the Civic Hall, Bradford Road.

Friday night sees a Gala dance with the Palm Court Dance Orchestra and Saturday night sees a wartime style variety show with stars of the era such as George Formby, Vera Lynn, Al Bowlly and Max Miller performing again at the Civic Hall.

A Glenn Miller style dance will be performed at the Assembly Rooms, Briggate.

Sunday afternoon sees two talks relating to World War One by Chris Helm and John Spencer.

Tickets for all these events are available from the Harrison Lord Gallery, Simply Flowers and Ryecorn Wholefoods.

See www.brighouse1940sweekend for more details. The souvenir programme giving details of all the exciting weekend is now on sale at the above outlets.

Next week’s Echo will carry a special feature.