Video & Gallery: Thousands enjoy Ramsey 1940s weekend

THOUSANDS of people were transported back in time at the hugely successful Ramsey 1940s Weekend. The town mayor, Pat Taylor, has paid tribute to the event s organisers and congratulated them on their success. She said: Many hours of planning and hard phy

THOUSANDS of people were transported back in time at the hugely successful Ramsey 1940s Weekend.

The town mayor, Pat Taylor, has paid tribute to the event's organisers and congratulated them on their success.

She said: "Many hours of planning and hard physical work go into making complex events like this take place so successfully.

"This year's event was enjoyed by several thousand people, helped by the fact that the weather was exceptionally wonderful, really enhancing the setting and atmosphere."

There were more stalls than ever at the event, selling everything from 40s clothes and memorabilia to spam sandwiches, and members of the public got into the spirit of the occasion, dressing up in period costume.

Re-enactment groups at the event at RAF Upwood set up displays featuring vehicles, bicycles and equipment and there many beautifully restored classic cars, motor cycles, fire engines and trucks.

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Cllr Taylor said: "They gleamed brilliantly in the sun and were a real credit to their owners."

A special service on Sunday was made more poignant, with poppy leaves released from the roof of the hangar where The Drum service was held.

Cllr Taylor said: "They represented the loss of so many lives sacrificed in the two world wars and the other conflicts we have endured since then. I am sure many people's thoughts were linked to the recent loss of life suffered by our troops in Afghanistan."

Plans for next year's event, pencilled in for August 20 and 21, will start being made soon.

Organiser Jayne Mann said: "The whole event went really well. There's a big clean-up operation to do now but we will have a meeting in about a month's time, when we will start making arrangements for next year.

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