Ramsey gears up for 1940s weekend

Jarvie Richie, 12, from Ayrshire, and Alan Kempton as Winston Churchill

Jarvie Richie, 12, from Ayrshire, and Alan Kempton as Winston Churchill - Credit: Archant

Get dressed up in wartime attire and head to Ramsey this Saturday and Sunday for a weekend of forties-inspired fun.

Held at The Camp in Wood Lane, the Ramsey 1940s Weekend offers a wide range of entertainment for the family – from musical entertainment and authentic period performers, to classic vehicle displays and a flypast from Lancaster bombers.

There will also be a fairground, big band dance, exhibits, a 1940s garden in full bloom, plus the original Jones’ van from Dad’s Army.

Dance exhibitions and demonstrations will be given in the big top circus tent by the Cambs and Beds Lindy Experience, alongside other entertainment and afternoon dances.

A Caledonian pipe band will perform on Saturday, plus there will be music from 1940s singer Lola Lamour. Paul Casper will pay tribute to legendary ukulele-playing singer-songwriter George Formby, while Adam Hoffman will treat audiences to the sounds of the era.

On Saturday evening guests will take to the floor for the big band dance with music from Sticky Wicket and His String Orchestra. Attendees usually dress to impress in glamorous 1940s costumes, civilian clothing, Home Front or Allied uniforms.

A drumhead service will be held on Sunday at 11am with music from The Stamford Brass Band, who will play again later in the day.

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In addition, the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team will be dropping in during the afternoon. There will also be a flypast from the last two Lancaster bombers in the world which are still airworthy.

To close the event, a poignant sunset ceremony will take place at 4.30pm where guests can pause to remember all those who have lost their lives in world conflicts.

INFORMATION: From 10am-5pm. Period dress is encouraged but not essential. Tickets for the weekend cost £15 for adults and £10 for concessions, while entrance on the day costs £10 for adults, £6 for concessions, and is free for under 5s. Big band dance tickets cost £17.50 from www.ramsey1940s.co.uk or in person from Carousel, Great Whyte, Ramsey.