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Thousands expected for festival of 1940s nostalgia

Wartime weekend on Lytham Green. L-R William Rankin, Karl Edmondson and Andy Rankin.

Wartime weekend on Lytham Green. L-R William Rankin, Karl Edmondson and Andy Rankin.

Thousands of visitors are expected in Lytham this weekend for what promises to be the town’s biggest 1940s Festival yet.

A host of exciting features are promised as the clock is turned back seven decades on The Green.

From the dark days of Dunkirk to D-Day and victory in Europe and Asia, the Festival will comprise two packed days of entertainment, re-enactment and have-a-go fun, featuring historic vehicles, music and dance, memorabilia, thrilling battles, educational talks and demonstrations, plus a living history camp.

While The Green will be the base for a host of displays and activities from 10am to 5pm on both days, a parade of vintage vehicles will pass through town from noon, 
also on both days and a full programme in the entertainment marquee will be supported by a new feature of a vintage bar.

Coun Sue Fazackerley, Fylde Council cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, said: “The Wartime Weekend is now an established highly-popular tourism event for 
Fylde, attracting around 30,000 visitors. This year, in addition to our usual entertainment, we are promoting ‘RAF Lytham’ with the touring Spitfire and other RAF-orientated displays. There will also be a flypast on the Saturday. It is one of the largest such events in the country – a great day out for all.”

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