Rain fails to dampen spirits at another successful Festival of the Forties in March

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Revellers were treated to a trip back in time last weekend at the annual Festival of the Forties in March.

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

The war-time festival showed hundreds what life was like 70 years ago, including two Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fly pasts, a host of living history displays and re-enactments of the bloody battles of the Second World War.

Unlike last year’s glorious sunshine, festival goers were hit with torrential downpours but the rain failed to dampen spirits at the three-day event.

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Karl’s Bavarian Brass band held their usual Friday evening slot, before the skies above Fenland were filled with acrobatic Spitfire displays the following day.

And, after three days of war-time antics, the curtain was brought down on another successful festival with funk and soul classics thanks to its ‘Get Ready for Motown’ closing show.

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant


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NE Cambs MP, Steve Barclay said: “The weekend proved to be a real treat for visitors and locals alike, who got to experience everything from karaoke of the 1940′s, to military vehicle parades, and even firing and drill displays.

“Events like these are vital in ensuring that we do not forget the enormous bravery and sacrifices of British forces during the Second World War.

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

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“I hope that the Festival of the Forties will return to March again next year, and congratulation to organiser Matt Page on the enormous success of the weekend.”

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Action from the 2017 Festival of the Forties in March. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

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