Burnley village turns clock back at 1940s weekend

A Burnley village relived the wartime spirit with a special 1940s weekend.

Cliviger was resplendent in red, white and blue bunting for the nostalgic occasion.

1940's military vehicle parade sets off from Cliviger.'Photo Ben Parsons

1940's military vehicle parade sets off from Cliviger.'Photo Ben Parsons

Villagers were decked out in vintage 40s costumes from Land Girls to British soldiers on a day when the sun shone.

Military jeeps and vehicles from the Second World War were a big attraction for families who flocked to the event.

Visitors buzzed around bric-a-brac stalls and sampled cupcakes and ice creams in the September sunshine.

Children enjoyed games including throwing rings, pin the tail on the donkey and knock-down cans.

The Queen pub had an “‘Allo ‘Allo” theme and hosted a night of wartime songs by the likes of Gracie Fields performed by Lucy Lancaster and Mustang Sally.

North-West wartime evacuees Les and Barbara Barnes came all the way from their home in Guernsey to join in the festivities.

Barbara, whose mum was evacuated to Wakefield and was born there during the war, said: “It was nice coming back to the area. One of my friends was evacuated from Guernsey to Padiham Road – there was a lot of people who came up here.

“It is lovely to come here and get into the spirit of things.”

Organiser Christine White, of Moseley Road, said the 1940s event had proved a big success.

She said: “We have started to do things to bring the village alive so we thought a 1940s weekend would be great.

“The village has got a nice feel to it and everyone has really got into the spirit of things.

“We have seen some really good costumes like the Land Girls and even an Australian soldier.”