Getting into the wartime spirit

A RECORD 5,000 people took part in the fourth Ramsey Forties Weekend at Upwood Airbase. There were 1,000 dancers at the Hanger Dance on Saturday night with the Jeff Short Band and more than last year s £8,000 was raised for local and national charities in

A RECORD 5,000 people took part in the fourth Ramsey Forties Weekend at Upwood Airbase. There were 1,000 dancers at the Hanger Dance on Saturday night with the Jeff Short Band and more than last year's £8,000 was raised for local and national charities including Barnardo's Aftercare, Ramsey Senior Citizens and Ramsey Rural Museum.

Spokesman for the organisers, Mark Bacon, said visitors came to the festival, held for the second year at Upwood, from across the nation.

Re-enactors created a wartime atmosphere with men and women in uniforms and 1940s civilian clothes, aircraft, tanks, children with gas-masks, a van selling goods, some of them rationed and a corner shop in the style of Arkwright's Open All Hours.

There was even a taste of the time with a caterer selling rabbit stew.


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