Spirit of the home front for city’s Wartime Weekend

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Wartime Weekend, Kelham Island Museum

1940s enthusiasts will join forces this weekend to embrace the spirit of the home front and celebrate the bravery and determination of those involved in World WarTwo.

On Saturday and Sunday, the event at Sheffield’s Kelham Island Museum will host a wide range of wartime demonstrations and re-enactments.

They feature a number of groups including the Allied 39-45 Group, Homefires Burning and UK Homefront, who will all perform displays about life on the Home Front.

This year a tempting array of antique, craft and vintage stalls will be selling their wares, including everything from hand-made reproduction hats to furniture, ceramics and collectables.

A collection of vintage vehicles will be on display including 1940s jeeps and on Sunday there will be a display of classic cars and for the first time South Yorkshire Transport Museum will bring their road show bus complete with upstairs cinema charting transport history in Sheffield & South Yorkshire. Singers include Pete Jones who will entertain with wartime classics, vintage vocalist Natasha Harper, and Susan St Nicholas with a Vera Lynn tribute. The Sunday afternoon Tea Dance will start at 2pm - 4pm with G.I. Jive including dance lessons (an additional £2 entry free applies to the Tea Dance).

Visitors are encouraged to enter into the spirit of the event by dressing in 1940’s style. The event runs from 11am until 5pm on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July. Normal museum admission applies, adults £5.50 and children under 16 go free. Forinformation visit www.simt.co.uk, @kelham island or call 0114 2722106.