Vintage entertainment brings back memories at Sheffield museum

1940s Fun Weekend held at Kelham Island Museum
1940s Fun Weekend held at Kelham Island Museum
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Enthusiasts travelled back in time to recapture the spirit of a bygone era at a Sheffield museum’s 1940s weekend.

Visitors donned military uniforms and glamorous tea dresses for the event at Kelham Island Museum.

1940s Fun Weekend held at Kelham Island Museum'39/45 Allied Group Andrzej and Robin take cover from the sunshine

1940s Fun Weekend held at Kelham Island Museum'39/45 Allied Group Andrzej and Robin take cover from the sunshine

This year, the annual event included an afternoon tea dance, as well as entertainment from top George Formby entertainer PEC Esquire.

Ken Rucastle had created a ‘tropical Navy’ uniform, even adding submarine -shaped pins to his shirt collar, while his wife Barbara wore a themed tea dress and hat.

Retired Ken, of Doncaster, said: “These events are all about trying to recapture the camaraderie and spirit of a bygone era.”

Barbara said: “We were children during the war and went to school with our gas masks on.

“But this is about remembering the good things like the dancing.”

A fair selling Forties’ fashion and memorabilia, bus tours of Sheffield’s former ‘east end area’, vintage vehicles and re-enactments such as a firing display and bomb disposal unit were also on offer during the weekend.

The Little Mesters wartime café served fish and chip dinners, as the meal was one of the few treats not to be rationed.

Hairdresser Samantha Ellis had a dance after visiting from Chesterfield.

The 44-year-old said: “We go all over the country to events like these, so it’s nice to have one on your doorstep.

“For me the appeal of the 1940s is definitely the fashion – it’s just so glamorous.”

Niki Connolly, museum events and marketing manager, said: “We think we have got a record year – a few hundred people came along to the event.”