Weekend celebrates 1940s blitz spirit

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THE new organisers of the 1940s weekend say they are taking the event in a different direction.

This weekend sees the first Spirit of the 40s event under Sam Hoyle – who staged the Whitby Alt Goth Fest a fortnight ago – and has taken over the running of it from Harry Collett and the Whitby District and Tourism Association.

Whitby will remember the positive things of the blitz and bombings era such as the music, the fashions and the community spirit.

The exhibition hall at the Pavilion is being turned into ‘the bunker’ where there will be stalls selling 40s clothing, memorabilia, military items and music.

Today and tomorrow there will be 40s style dances at the Pavilion with music by Major Swing and Claire Dowson respectively.

They start at 7.30pm both nights and tickets can be bought on the door.

On Saturday there will be a vintage vehicle display on the Pavilion drive and at 2pm an informal parade will make its way from the bandstand to the Pavilion.

The cafe at the Pavilion is also going 1940s with a special themed menu and some of the shops in Whitby will be going back in time with their window displays.

Mr Hoyle said: “The West Cliff is very much the focal point and we are refocusing the event. Because it has been a bit cut off before people have not known where to go or when to come.

“It has got potential to be a whole town event but we need to refocus everything in one area and we can expand it from there.

“Humble Pie and Mash has offered to help us with a bit of sponsorship as well. The 40s weekend is a friendly crew and willing to help.

If anything it has been nice and fun, we will just see how it goes and how we can expand it in the future.”