Taking Bridlington back to the 1940s

John Girling and Jacky Foster take cover in the air raid shelter.
John Girling and Jacky Foster take cover in the air raid shelter.

VISITORS to The Spa Bridlington travelled back in time over the weekend as it hosted a 1940s nostalgia day.

The commemorative 40s day, which was organised by PCSO Liz Smith, saw the venue transformed into a scene straight out of the wartime era complete with authentic World War Two costumes, vintage and memorabilia stalls, and World War Two lunches which were a sell out.

There was even a visit from ‘royalty’ as Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip attended the event – their regal roles played by Catherine and Kenneth Hanson.

Civic dignitaries also got involved including town mayor Michael Charlesworth and chairman of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Chad Chadwick, while war veteran Eric Bowman was a special guest at the event.

School children presented songs and poetry from the war years in the Spa’s Royal Hall. The schools which took part were Bay Primary School, Garton Primary School, St Mary’s Primary School, Francis Askew Primary School, Burlington Primary School, and Flamborough Primary School.

Celebrations continued into the evening with the Memphis Belle Swing Orchestra.

Liz has thanked everyone who got involved in the event, including Jo Clarke of the Spa.

“It just shows that a community can pull together if they really want to, that was what it was all about in the ‘40s,” said Liz who hopes it will become a regular event.