War time in March with a festival of the 40s

PUBLISHED: 11:23 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:32 23 July 2018

Now in its third year, hundreds stepped back in time at March's Festival of the Forties. Photo: Ian Carter.

Now in its third year, hundreds stepped back in time at March's Festival of the Forties. Photo: Ian Carter.

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Time rolled back to the wartime era when a festival of the forties was held in March.

Now in its third year, hundreds stepped back in time at March's Festival of the Forties. Photo: Ian Carter.Now in its third year, hundreds stepped back in time at March's Festival of the Forties. Photo: Ian Carter.

A spitfire fly past, battler re-enactment, tea dances and even hairdressers creating 40s hair styles for visitors, were just part of the family fun on offer in the weekend event.

Sally Page, whose husband Matt came up with the idea three yeas ago, and is among a team of organisers, said: “It is the third time we have held this event in March and it grows every year.

“There were good crowds. The battle was something else, it was fabulous.

“They built a watch tower which was part of the action when the Yanks and British went to release the prisoners of war from German officers.

Now in its third year, hundreds stepped back in time at March's Festival of the Forties. Photo: Ian Carter.Now in its third year, hundreds stepped back in time at March's Festival of the Forties. Photo: Ian Carter.

“The spitfire came overhead at the start of the battle, it was so well played out.

“Dance teachers were brilliant and helped people learn routines to join in the tea dances, the tea rooms were fabulous, there were plenty of stalls including charity stalls to browse.”

Irish dancers joined the entertainment along with the Royal British Legion who staged a full parade and church service with flag bearers.

There was the pipe band from Peterborough and help from young RAF air cadets who took charge of car parking duty.

Now in its third year, hundreds stepped back in time at March's Festival of the Forties. Photo: Ian Carter.Now in its third year, hundreds stepped back in time at March's Festival of the Forties. Photo: Ian Carter.

Sally said: “We must say thank you to everybody who helped on the day, all the volunteers and especially Freddie Grounds who let us use the field.”

Now in its third year, hundreds stepped back in time at March's Festival of the Forties. Photo: Ian Carter.Now in its third year, hundreds stepped back in time at March's Festival of the Forties. Photo: Ian Carter.

Now in its third year, hundreds stepped back in time at March's Festival of the Forties. Photo: Ian Carter.Now in its third year, hundreds stepped back in time at March's Festival of the Forties. Photo: Ian Carter.

Now in its third year, hundreds stepped back in time at March's Festival of the Forties. Photo: Ian Carter.Now in its third year, hundreds stepped back in time at March's Festival of the Forties. Photo: Ian Carter.

Now in its third year, hundreds stepped back in time at March's Festival of the Forties. Photo: Ian Carter.Now in its third year, hundreds stepped back in time at March's Festival of the Forties. Photo: Ian Carter.

Now in its third year, hundreds stepped back in time at March's Festival of the Forties. Photo: Ian Carter.Now in its third year, hundreds stepped back in time at March's Festival of the Forties. Photo: Ian Carter.

Now in its third year, hundreds stepped back in time at March's Festival of the Forties. Photo: Ian Carter.Now in its third year, hundreds stepped back in time at March's Festival of the Forties. Photo: Ian Carter.

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