Brighouse 1940s Weekend will see the town swing back in time this week.
Brighouse is turning the clock back with the return of the popular 1940s weekend in the town centre.
The event is organised and paid for by the volunteers of the Brighouse Business Initiative (BBI) and last year attracted 10,000 visitors.
This year, they expect a lot more - up to 100,000 over the course of the whole event, which runs until Sunday.
John Buxton, event co-ordinator, said: “This year we have really pushed the boat out.
“After last year’s wonderful success we decided the only thing to do was repeat it but make it bigger and better.
“One display leads to another, with music in the air, sights to see and good food and drink available all around, what more could you wish for and it’s all free.”
The town will be filled with military vehicles, displays, re-enactors in 40s outfits and soldiers ready for action.
A Hurricane fly-over is planned for Saturday afternoon, just as the Brighouse and Rastrick Band plays the Dambusters March.
In a new display area there will be a Spitfire and Messerschmitt, plus there will be canal boat trips all weekend, a funfair, donkey rides, steam railway rides and vintage vehicles.
The entertainment gets underway on Thursday night with a cinema showing of Ice Cold in Alex at Brighouse Civic Hall.
On Friday night there is a dance featuring the Palm Court Dance Orchestra with a variety show at the Civic Hall and a dance at the Assembly Rooms on Saturday night.
Steven Lord, of the Harrison Lord Gallery and one of the organisers, said: “Everybody I speak to is really excited with the event.
“Far more people than last year are planning on dressing up 40s style and joining in the festivities.
“We have doubled the size of the event from last year and added lots more entertainers who will perform on two stages in the town.”
Lesley Adams, chair of the BBI is expecting bumper crowds over the weekend: “Last year we had 10,000 visitors and this year we could have even more.
“To make sure everybody has a great time we have taken over Bethel Street and Thornton Square as well as Commercial Street so that there is a lot more space for people to circulate.”
There will be a Park and Ride with a vintage bus from Armytage Road plus a free vintage bus trip one from Lawson Road via the library and the train station.
For more information visit www.brighouse1940sweekend .
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