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Step back in time as the 1940s are recreated for a weekend in north Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 16:07 28 August 2019 | UPDATED: 16:56 28 August 2019

Launch of the Holt 1940s weekend in September. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Launch of the Holt 1940s weekend in September. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The style, culture and character of the wartime era will again be celebrated as north Norfolk steps back in time for the annual 1940s weekend in Holt and Sheringham.

Locals in 1940's dress prepare for the Holt 1940's weekend in September. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYLocals in 1940's dress prepare for the Holt 1940's weekend in September. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Residents and shopworkers in Holt gathered for the launch of the event in their town at the war memorial on Wednesday, August 28.

Among them was Duncan Baker, chairman of the Holt 1940s committee, who said: "This will be the sixth 1940s weekend in Holt and it will be bigger and better than before.

"The big change this year will be that we are shutting Market Place, from Siddalls to the memorial, to traffic.

"That means the town will be more alive with re-enactments and singing.

Locals in 1940's dress prepare for the Holt 1940's weekend in September. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYLocals in 1940's dress prepare for the Holt 1940's weekend in September. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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"There will be a children's street party and the whole weekend will be absolutely massive. There will be more entertainment and more stalls than last year. And it will all be raising money for Holt community centre, which is a vital community asset."

Also at the launch was a vintage Riley Falcon from 1936 owned and driven by David Smith from Colkirk and Steve Kinch brought his 1953 Portsmouth city police car, from East Runton.

Duncan Baker with a vintage car prepares for the Holt 1940's weekend in September. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDuncan Baker with a vintage car prepares for the Holt 1940's weekend in September. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Other people dressed up in 1940s clothes and military uniforms and 'land girl' costumes to add to the spectacle.

Among those dressing up for the occasion were Ashleigh Everett from Hector's of Holt and Abby Dyson and Marie Crowley, both from The Tannery in the town.

Marie said: "I love how ladies used to dress then - clothes were much more elegant."

Carolyn Burn, who is in charge of entertainment during the weekend, said: "There's so much to look forward to, including a dementia memory concert on the Sunday and an evacuees street party. I love 1940s fashions - maybe we've lost a bit of that."

Locals in 1940's dress prepare for the Holt 1940's weekend in September. From left, Marie Crowley, Abby Dyson, and Ashleigh Everett. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYLocals in 1940's dress prepare for the Holt 1940's weekend in September. From left, Marie Crowley, Abby Dyson, and Ashleigh Everett. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The weekend, on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15, also includes vintage fashion, military vehicles, a ukulele group and other live performances, a ration book trail, photography and art exhibition, and a pigeon race.

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