Sheffield nostalgia: Kelham Island travels back in time

History in the making: Visitors given the chance to sample life during war time years at Kelham Island. Photo: Barry Richardson.
History in the making: Visitors given the chance to sample life during war time years at Kelham Island. Photo: Barry Richardson.
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IT MIGHT have been bouncing and rock‘n’rolling just up the road at Tramlines.

But down at Kelham Island in Alma Street this weekeend they were taking things at a much more sedate pace.

The Kelham Island Museum 1940s Vintage Summer Fayre saw visitors taking a few steps down memory lane.

Held over two days, the event featured more than 20 antique and craft stalls.

Organiser Nichola Atherton said: “It has been really great. We’ve had about a thousand people here and a lot have come from further afield, places like Manchester.

“It’s great that we are attracting people who aren’t local. The performance stage was really popular and we had a George Formby impersonator.

“People also enjoyed some 1940s dancing - they were getting up and learning the steps in a big group.

“This is the third year we’ve put the event on and we’ve tweaked it a bit over the years and I think we’ve found something that works.

“The vintage hair and beauty parlour went down really well and attracted a different crowd.”

There was a chance for younger visitors to get an idea of what life was like during the wartime years thanks to a host of living history activities, re-enactments and 1940s music and dance.

There were even a couple of spivs and washer women knocking about.

Others couldn’t resist the chance to get their hair done 1940s style at Tallulah’s Vintage Style beauty parlour.

There was also the chance to learn how to foxtrot, step, waltz, swing, jive or balboa or even see a bomb disposal team at work.

For a spot of relaxation vistors paid a trip to a wartime cafe while listening to some good old fashioned tunes courstesy of super crooner Pete Jones.

Others preferred to lean on the corner of the street while listening to a modern day Geoge Formby impersonator.

Seems it turned out nice again.