Bringing out the 1940s style at Duxford

1940s weekend at Duxford

1940s weekend at Duxford - Credit: Archant

Visitors took a step back in time when they embraced the Forties at IWM Duxford.

1940s weekend at Duxford

1940s weekend at Duxford - Credit: Archant

People of all ages looked the part as they embodied wartime elegance from head to toe and contributed to the 1940s atmosphere across the museum.

1940s weekend at Duxford

1940s weekend at Duxford - Credit: Archant

Visitors met wartime characters, both military and home front which included a wartime bobby, land army girls, an ARP Warden, a char lady, members of the Home Guard and members of the Royal Air Force.

There were performances of wartime classic songs by vintage vocalists Pete Wayre, Marina Mae and Nina Rae, which got visitors up and dancing on the hangar base as vintage aircraft took off from the historic airfield behind.

The singing performances were complemented by a vintage DJ playing swing classics, which kept the dancing going throughout the afternoon


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There were Ministry of Food talks and demonstrations, talks about fashion on the ration and how to look elegant despite clothing coupons and shortages.

There were demonstrations on how to beat a fire bomb, how an RAF Operations Room works and a wonderful display of vintage cars and military vehicles. The Cambs and Beds Lindy Experience cut a rug on the dancefloor with lindy and jitterbug demonstrations and there was a sombre moment as Prime Minister Winston Churchill took to the stage to give his rousing speeches.

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