Record-breaking event set for encore

Bridlington Old Town 1940s Summer Festival'NBFP PA1623-15z
Bridlington Old Town 1940s Summer Festival'NBFP PA1623-15z

Bridlington’s 1940s Summer Festival is set to continue after organisers praised this year’s inaugural event a record-breaking success.

Around 11,500 people descended on Bridlington for the town’s first ever 1940s themed Summer Festival.

The event followed on from Bridlington’s starring role in the Dad’s Army movie, and organisers say they are keen to continue the vintage atmosphere.

Now Bridlington’s Old Town Association have announced the date for next year’s festival.

David Hinde, of the Association, said: “I am sure it is going to be just as popular next year as it was this year and I am pleased to announce that next year’s festival will take place on Sunday June 11.

“We are really looking forward to planning next year’s event.

“There will be a lot of hard work in the months leading up to the Festival, and I have announced the date early because the re-enactment people and visitors wanted to us to announce as quickly as we can.”

This year’s event saw visitors from all over the country descend on Bridlington’s Old Town to see inspect 80 market stalls and enjoy a plethora of vintage entertainment.

Musicians and dancers all helped to turn the clocks back in Old Town, as they performed on High Street, Westgate Park and the Market Place.

And a fleet of vintage military vehicles all added to the new-found vintage theme that Dad’s Army brought to Bridlington.

While details for next year’s event are yet to be revealed, it is expected to be just as this year’s.

David added: “Normally the first festival is the hardest.

“Now we are firmly on the 1940s festival footing.”