A step back in time to the 1940s

Pete Wayre and Chloe Dobson at last year's event
Pete Wayre and Chloe Dobson at last year's event

Desborough will be going back in time for a 1940s-themed day this weekend featuring everything from classic cars to news reels from the era.

Following on from a successful event last year, another 1940s Day is being held in the town this Saturday.

Station Road will be closed from midday until 5pm.

Desborough Heritage Centre’s monthly coffee morning will be getting into the spirit of things and serving 1940s-style sandwiches and cakes, along with Camp coffee.

They will also be showing Pathe newsreel footage throughout the day.

There will be a vehicle parade at 1pm, which was brilliant last year, and caused lots of interest and many photographs to be taken.

There will be a vintage and hand crafts fair at The Ritz featuring 47 stalls that have been booked for the event, about a third more than last year.

Also in the Ritz will be Pete Wayre, a 1940s singer extraordinaire.

He entertained the crowds last year.

This year he will also compere the dinner and dance in the evening.

The band will be Sonnie and the Honeydippers.

Tickets are available from by calling The Ritz on 01536 763510.

A Winston Churchill lookalike will also be walking around and cheering everyone on.

Desborough Women’s Institute will be selling jelly and carnation milk.

The Market Harborough Ukulele Band will be performing all over the town as well as showing people the dances of the period.

There will also be a soup kitchen, hot dogs and much more.

The town’s shops will be joining in with staff dressing in 1940s gear and taping their windows in case there are bombs.

There is even an air raid siren to start the day off – loudly.

The organisers are hoping it will be similarly well-supported as the event in 2013.

Pamela Goodman, from the Desborough Town Centre Partnership, said: “Last year was so good; to see all the age groups joining in, children dressed with labels on their clothes for ‘evacuation’ and carrying their little cases.

“Grown-ups were fishing out their 1940s gear and loving every minute of it.

“Pitsford Home Guard turned up in style and their wives were also in the clothes of the day – it was fantastic.”