Andy to capture his wartime bride

Wartime wedding couple Andy Hacking and Kath Plummer.
Wartime wedding couple Andy Hacking and Kath Plummer.

NEVER mind Dame Vera Lynn and We’ll Meet again – Lytham is to play host to forces sweethearts of its own when two World War II recreation enthusiasts tie the knot during the town’s Wartime Weekend later this summer.

Andy Hacking and Kath Plummer are members of the Northern World War II Association and love nothing more than a trip from their East Lancashire home to South Fylde – so where better for them to be married than in front of Lytham’s iconic windmill?

The wedding, in full wartime costume, is set for St John’s Church at 1pm on the Saturday of Wartime Weekend, August 20, and, to add to the period authenticity, the couple will be leaving the ceremony in Andy’s very rare 1943 Daimler armoured car – complete with Kath’s name etched on the side!

“That’s what the drivers of such cars did during the war and it was the first thing I did when I found it after years of searching for such a vehicle,” said Andy.

“We have known each other for 10 years and both got into World War II recreations about seven years ago when we went along to a 1940s event for fun and really enjoyed it.

“We love coming to Lytham at weekends, had a really great time at the Wartime Weekend last year and have been looking forward so much to this year’s event, so we thought it was the ideal place to get married.”

Andy works as a plumber, while Kath is a catering manager at a local school. After the wedding, they are off on honeymoon to Kenya.

Lytham’s Wartime Weekend proved a big hit last year when held for the first time and the 1940s will be brought to life again with a bang between August 19 and 21.

It all starts on the Friday with a Big Band Night at Lowther Pavilion, which will also be the venue for a 1940s disco on the Saturday evening.

Over the weekend, Lytham Green will host historic vehicles, thrilling battles, educational talks and demonstrations as well as events for children. There will be a two-day memorabilia fair at the Assembly Rooms and other notable attractions will include a vintage vehicle procession from Lytham to St Annes and back.

Volunteers are required to help out with the weekend and anyone interested should e-mail lanra07@yahoo.co.uk.