City residents and visitors from around the UK and abroad donned their colourful tea dresses, vintage military uniforms and jaunty hats, helping Lincoln BIG's 1940s Weekend to go with a swing.
Despite high winds and the threat of rain trying to put a dampener on the weekend celebrations – and the event having to be scaled down on the Saturday – Sunday brought plenty of sunshine and crowds of people “in the mood” for a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
Revellers gathered at St Paul in The Bail and Castle Hill to hear 1940s-style singer Lady Northwood, The Blighty Belles and others belt out some great war-time favourites and it wasn’t long before dancers had the irresistible urge to join in with some great moves.
The entertainers ramped-up the fantastic atmosphere as people circulated from St Paul in the Bail, through Bailgate – where there was a display of highly-polished vintage vehicles – and moved on to Castle Hill, which was buzzing with visitors eager to check out the Antique stalls in Exchequergate and the Makers’ Market in Castle Hill, which was bursting with locally-made products.
Lots of people stopped to take a closer look at the vintage military vehicles on display, before making their way through Lincoln Castle grounds into The Lawn, where military camps had set-up, and where more refreshments were waiting.
Many shopkeepers threw themselves into the spirit of the weekend, by decorating their premises and putting 1940s bites on the menu!
And a big cheer went-up when the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster rounded off the weekend with a brilliant fly-past which saw it fly over Lincoln Cathedral three times.
Lincoln BIG Operations Manager Richard Baxter said: “Despite the early weather forecasts, we had a wonderful time. It was clear that everyone was determined to enjoy themselves as much as possible.”