Meltham Memories 1940s Weekend, 4th, 5th and 6th July 2014


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1940s Wartime Weekend

Meltham turned back the clock to celebrate, 1940-style, when the ever-popular Meltham Memories wartime weekend took place on the weekend of 4th, 5th and 6th July.

The weekend kicked-off on Friday 4th July with a themed Afternoon Tea in Meltham Church Hall between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm. From 7.30 pm Marina Mae performed in the Waggon and Horses, while the Kirklees Youth Jazz Orchestra performed in Meltham Church Hall.

Saturday 5th July was the main event day. A traditional opening ceremony took place at 10.00 am at the Waggon and Horses followed by a military parade through the village at 12.30pm with Meltham and Meltham Mills Brass Band, Huddersfield and District Army Veterans Association and period vehicles.

At 1.30 pm there was a children’s choir singing in the grounds of Meltham C of E School, followed by a mock battle with an Allies vs German military re-enactment at 2.30 pm.

Saturday evening saw a performance at the church hall by the Greater Manchester Police Big Band – giving people a great opportunity to dance the night away to swing-era classics.

Other events over the weekend included food and drink stalls, jive and swing dances, wartime memorabilia and the presence of army veterans.

For more details of the 1940s weekend, visit the Meltham Memories website.

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