Leeds steps back in time at wartime tea party

1940's Nosalgia Tea Party held at Lotherton Hall near Aberford in Leeds'Julie Elliot, Elaine and Peter Bagshaw enjoy a picnic on the lawns with landgirl Debra Hayes
1940's Nosalgia Tea Party held at Lotherton Hall near Aberford in Leeds'Julie Elliot, Elaine and Peter Bagshaw enjoy a picnic on the lawns with landgirl Debra Hayes
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THE weather wasn’t enough to put off hundreds of revellers as they took a step back in time at a special vintage party.

Cloudy skies didn’t stop the crowds as they flocked to Lotherton Hall for a Wartime Tea Party today (June 21).

1940's Nosalgia Tea Party held at Lotherton Hall near Aberford in Leeds'Tea dancers jive on the lawns in front of the main house

1940's Nosalgia Tea Party held at Lotherton Hall near Aberford in Leeds'Tea dancers jive on the lawns in front of the main house

Party-goers donned fancy dress and descended on the Edwardian mansion and country estate throughout the day for the retro event, which included live music, activities and a street party picnic.

Spot prizes were also given for the best dressed visitor.

Lotherton Hall was used as a convalescent hospital in Leeds during the First World War and was later donated to Leeds by the Gascoigne family in the 1960s.

Temple Newsam House and Gledhow Hall were also used in this way during the conflict.

The tea party is just one of the summer events held at Lotherton Hall, which attracts over 750,000 visitors every year.

Six weeks of family-themed activities have been planned at the popular country house and estate over the summer holidays.

An Edwardian Gala will offer another blast from the past when it arrives on July 12, with a brass band, face painting, shows and activities.

An ‘Edwardian Holidays Week’ runs from July 18 to July 26 and reveals how people enjoyed their leisure time, and retro-inspired activities will also be on offer during a ‘Back to the Fifties’ week from August 3 to 9, to celebrate the opening of the ‘Age of Glamour; Fashion in the Fifties’ exhibition.

Visitors can also get involved in a special ‘Owl Day’ experience at Lotherton Hall on Saturday, June 27, where visitors can learn about the different species of owls in the estate’s Bird Garden.

From July 27 to August 2, families can get up close to more feathered friends as part of Wildlife Week.

All of the events are included with the Lotherton Hall admission charge.

For more information, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonhall.

Cori Braham.

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