Businesses in Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter are being urged to get into the Wartime spirit and ensure a great Springtime celebration goes with a real swing.
And residents, visitors are encouraged to make a date in their diaries for the unmissable Bailgate shoppers and 1940s Weekend, which is taking place on Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31, 2015.
Lincoln BIG (Business Improvement Group) is encouraging its levy paying businesses to get into the spirit of the occasion, by evoking the ambience of the 1940s - during the 70th anniversary year of VE Day.
Lincoln BIG Events & Promotions Manager Michael Armstrong said: “We are keen to create a fun and highly atmospheric weekend, which will offer something for the whole family.
“We are hoping that businesses, based in the area from The Strait to Newport Arch, will get involved, in all sorts of ways. That might mean hanging out the bunting, dressing shops and windows in a style reminiscent of the 1940s and stocking wartime-style products.
“Shop staff could decide to dress-up in 1940s clothes, get involved in a street party, decorate shops with memorabilia - such as old photographs - and even play nostalgic music from that period.
“Another idea would be to invite a veteran to join them for the day. Whatever they choose to do, we’d love to hear from them, and to publicise their plans.”
Lots of work is going on behind the scenes to ensure the May weekend is one that will live on in people’s memories.
“Ultimately, we hope shoppers and visitors will love taking a trip back in time. Attractions planned include period stalls, living history displays, re-enactments and the chance for people to see military and classic vehicles,” said Mr Armstrong.
“We are also hoping to organise live entertainment from themed singers and brass bands and we have requested a flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, although this has still to be confirmed.”
Mr Armstrong is urging businesses to let Lincoln BIG know their plans for the weekend, so that these can be advertised on the Visit Lincoln website. He can be contacted on (01522) 545233.