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Lincoln 1940s Day Gets Everyone in the Mood

Lincoln rolled back the decades as hundreds of people “got in the mood” and made one of Lincoln’s liveliest weekends yet really go with a swing!

Date: 14th Aug '17

People slipped into wartime uniforms and tea dresses, women sported victory roll hairdos and outfits were accessorised with jaunty hats and quirky brooches. The wary also carried their gas masks determined to look as authentic as possible for Lincoln BIG’s amazing 1940s Day!

Favourite songs from yesteryear filled the air, there was dancing in the street, people met friends for afternoon tea and admired the displays of old military vehicles and fabulous vintage cars, which has been polished to a high shine.

Shopkeepers in The Strait, Castle Hill and Bailgate added to the fantastic ambience by hanging out the flags and the bunting and there were certificates for the “best-dressed” in a range of categories.

The militarian category prize went to Paul Foster; Becky McConnell picked-up the civilian prize; Levi Stoakes won the junior section and Kate and Paul Johnstone took the prize for the best-dressed couple.

F P Watson in Bailgate won the certificate for the best-decorated business. 

Lincoln BIG Events & Promotions Manager Michael Armstrong said: “Our Lincoln BIG 1940s Day was absolutely fabulous.  Deciding to refresh this event by staging it in the area at the foot of The Strait and in Castle Hill and Bailgate (formerly staged on the Brayford Waterfront), proved to be a great move.

“The city was positively buzzing and it was brilliant to see that so many people had entered into the spirit of the occasion, by making the effort to dress vintage-style for the day.

“Everyone who supported this event, from performers through to our decorated businesses and the people who provided vintage vehicles for the occasion, really made things go with a swing.

“The day was also made perfect by the flypast of the Lancaster bomber and Spitfire of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.”

In the evening, people had the opportunity to round off the day by going along to a 1940s-style ball at the County Assembly Rooms. 

Winners of the “best dressed” competition categories (above left to right)  (Militarian) Paul Foster;  (Civilian) Becky McConnell; (Junior) Levi Stoakes and (Couple) Paul and Kate Johnstone  


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