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The early years still at war with rations, evacuees, gas mask and the dreaded sound of the siren, make do and mend, grow your own, and songs & music written to lift the mood and give a sense of patriotism. Men in uniform, ladies in their tea dresses, the Yanks over here, the French Resistance…………it’s all here!
Thanks Mark Liebenberg for image
The Lytham 1940’s Wartime Weekend, attracts over 40,000 visitors from all over the country to the area and sees the town get into the wartime spirit.
The main events take place on Lytham Green, but please support the local traders of Lytham there are plenty of places to eat and drink in the town and we encourage visitors to visit these as part of their Lytham experience, many of the businesses take part and dress themselves and their windows accordingly.
As always the main marquee on Lytham Green has two days of free entertainment from 10am to 5pm from Winston Churchill’s rousing wartime speeches, Colin Bourdiec as George Formby, and lots of other $0’s style entertainment including the fabulous Lilli de Carlo.
There will also be music and dance in Clifton Square in the town centre.
Come and foxtrot, waltz and jive, or just sing along or tap your feet.
Although the day time events are free, there are some fantastic ticketed shows available.
In the Marquee
Friday 17th August – Leafy Blinders with Smooth Chalk & The Silhouettes details HERE
Saturday 18th August- Kalamazoo Dance Band bringing the big band sound of the Forties details HERE
Sunday 19th August – Sunday 19th August Heather Marie last performances before she relocates to Australia appearing at –
Special Farewell to Lytham 4.45pm
Other ticketed shows include We’ll Meet Again at Lowther Theatre with a matinee & evening performance on Friday
At Lowther Pavilion – The Original 1940s Dance Terry Reaney and the Bluebird Big Band, including a war time rations pack.
We have a good range of Vintage Traders on the Green, and in the Assembly Rooms opposite (where there is a small charge) so do take time to visit them and buy some clothing or memorabilia.
Battle Re enactment
At 3pm each, there’s the thrilling battle re enactment by the Northern World War 2 Association which is the highlight for many. There’s commentary talking you through the battle, explosions, weapons firing and so much more and it’s always a popular spectacle, finished off by a minutes silence for the fallen at the end. Be prepared for the loud bangs and flashes if you are with younger visitors and please do ensure any dogs are kept on the lead.
There’s a weapons firing demonstration at 12 noon each day too.
Image :-Thanks to Mark McNeill
Food and drink
There is normally some ‘pop up’ cafes but the bustling town centre with a great many cafes, bars, pubs & restaurant is literally across from the Green and a large number of shops are dressed in the spirit of the era.
See video from 2017 on Lytham Life & Style’s YouTube Channel HERE