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Wartime spirit on show as Padiham celebrates 1940s weekend

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Monday, 19 June, 2017

There will be pomp and ceremony galore as Padiham goes on parade and turns the clock back to remember the wartime spirit that saw Britain through the Second World War.

As part of the Burnley Armed Forces Covenant, Veterans and others have come together again this year to organise the popular 1940s weekend.

Saturday (24th June) and Sunday (25th) Padiham will be buzzing with displays and free entertainment for all the family.

It will feature an array of people dressed in military and civilian clothing from the decade, with the main attractions again focusing around the town hall, the fire station, Mooch Café and the Fat Giraffe.

The festivities will start on Saturday morning with toe-tapping performances from Pendle Jazzmen, Barsby Belles, and Lancashire Belle. Singer Lilli de Carlo will also make a return appearance to entertain the crowds.

As well as live music, there will be 1940s’ themed funfair, a story teller, a display of vintage and military vehicles, dancing in the streets, re-enactors’ performances and a clogging display.

The line-up will also include a 1940s’ fashion show hosted by Molly Rigby’s at noon.

Padiham Fire Station will be taking part, staging displays all weekend and inviting youngsters to have a go at holding a water hose.

Saturday will finish in style with a party in the marquee - a 1940s’ dinner dance complete with music and songs from the era provided by Sarah Dennis and the Swing City Big Band. Tickets priced £15 each are available by calling Ida Carmichael on 01282 423612 or direct from Mooch Café.

On the Sunday a parade will start at 10am from the memorial gardens with a service outside the town hall, and also a flypast by a vintage Huricane.

One of the organisers Councillor Ida Carmichael said: "Everyone has really pulled together to make this popular event happen again this year. The Padiham on Parade weekend will be a real blast from the past with the town transported back to the 1940s and there will be a great buzz and welcoming atmosphere about the place I’m sure.

“I’d like to thank everyone who is supporting the event and hope the crowds will turn out in force this weekend to make the event bigger and better than before.”

The fun runs from 10am to 4pm on both days. For more information, visit the Padiham on Parade Facebook page.

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