Gallery: Families flock for forties fun

Forties Dasy at Bletchley Park.'''Wk 21 MPMC
Forties Dasy at Bletchley Park.'''Wk 21 MPMC
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THOUSANDS of people braved the inconsistent Bank Holiday weather to have some fun at the annual Forties Family Festival at Bletchley Park.

The two-day event was full of the usual fun and entertainment provided by a range of wartime displays and re-enactment groups.

One of those groups, Deco in Style, recreated a World War Two command centre plotting table and Sittingbourne Home Front Living History Group had a display recreating a wartime rest centre and Military Police mobile checkpoint.

There was also a London bomb disposal display as well as The Northern Forties re-enactment group with both RAF and Navy displays.

On the musical front, Steven Brown’s Musical Melodies performed classic songs from the 1940s, while the Lindyhoppers showed off their dancing talents at the 1940s disco. People also got a taste of the fashion styles of the 40s thanks to a fashion show by Allied Assortment, who showed off everyday and elegant fashion, from swimsuits to wedding dresses.

Meanwhile, a selection of evocative wartime cinema reels were shown in the Park’s wartime Enigma cinema and visitors young and old enjoyed taking part in a craft workshop and having a go at making a wartime toy.

The event also featured entertaining talks by Bletchley Park volunteers including Joan Draper, who spoke about life as a wartime evacuee.

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