Time for a party as Leeds revellers turn back clock to the 1940s

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It was an era when the love of a good old-fashioned knees-up helped bolster the nation’s spirits during the hardship of the Second World War.

And this weekend the resolve shown by Britain in the face of rationing, blitzkrieg and the doodlebug was celebrated at an event at Lotherton Hall, near Aberford in east Leeds.

The popular visitor attraction today played host to a day of 1940s-themed activities in the warm Yorkshire weather.

A packed programme of retro fun included a wartime tea party, re-enactment shows and live music from a band called The Swing of Things.

In an added bonus for people living near the venue, entry to the event was free for residents with an address in the LS25 postcode area.

And the day ended up going down a treat with everyone from the very young to older visitors who experienced life in the 1940s the first time around.

Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, Coun Lucinda Yeadon, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The Lotherton Hall estate is the perfect place for all the family to visit, and as part of our 1940s-themed party we put on a range of fantastic entertainment and activities.

“A band entertained the crowd with music from the decade and they were joined by dancers and re-enactors as part of a special street party.”

The 1940s spectacular was, however, just one element of a busy summer at Lotherton Hall, an Edwardian mansion and country estate that was donated to Leeds by the Gascoigne family in the 1960s.

Another stand-out event takes place on Sunday, July 13, in the form of an Edwardian gala running from 11am to 3pm.

Activities will include a Punch and Judy show and face painting while musical entertainment will be provided by Altofts & Normanton Brass Band.

A jazz concert is being held in the house’s drawing room on Saturday, July 19, and the following day the estate stages this year’s Yorkshire Porsche Festival.

For further information, e-mail lotherton.hall@leeds.gov.uk or ring 0113 378 2959.

People with a passion for the past can also turn back the clock at events happening later this year in North Yorkshire.

Ingleton will be staging a 1940s celebration from July 4 to 6.

Similar events will take place in Leyburn on July 26 and 27 and Grassington from September 19 to 21.

For more details about the Ingleton, Leyburn and Grassington get-togethers as well as other dates for the diary, visit the www.iknow-yorkshire.co.uk/article/2104-yorkshire_1940s_weekends web page.

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