Families are invited to take a trip down memory lane, as Lincoln BIG and its friends bring a flavour of wartime Britain to the heart of the city.
We’ve teamed-up with Simon Elmer – previous chairman of the Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival – to create the Lincoln Brayford 1940s day which promises to be packed with family fun, and a liberal helping of nostalgia.
This unmissable event, which features a day bursting with attractions, takes place on Sunday 23rd August and runs from 10 am until 4.30pm.
“It’s the 70th Anniversary year of the ending of the Second World War and we are hoping to commemorate the best of those times during this special, free, one-day event on the Brayford Waterfront,” said Mr Elmer.
“We’re hoping as many people as possible will enter into the spirit of the occasion by slipping into 1940s-style fashions and military uniforms and they might also like to bring their dancing shoes.
“We are having live 1940s-style entertainment from singer Lancashire Belle and interactive dance sessions, hosted by dancers 40s Homefront.
“There will also be a display of military vehicles, courtesy of the Lincolnshire Military Vehicles Trust, and uniformed history enthusiasts will be suitably dressed to show people how a typical wartime solider lived, fought and was equipped,” said Mr Elmer.
Excitingly, there are plans afoot for a flypast by the Dakota of the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight sometime during the day.
People will also be able to browse (and buy) from stalls, laden with everything from period memorabilia to contemporary crafts. Some will be raising funds for ex-services charities and associations.
Lincoln BIG Events & Promotions Manager Michael Armstrong said that businesses overlooking Brayford Pool are also being encouraged to make the most of the day.
“We are planning a small competition. Lincoln BIG is looking forward to presenting certificates to staff wearing the best period outfits and to the business which has the “best-decorated” frontage.”
“Vintage-style events are becoming increasingly popular and the recent Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival is a great example of that, so we are hoping that families of all ages will really enjoy what is something new for the Brayford area.”