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Step back in time to wartime Britain in north Norfolk with 1940s weekend

PUBLISHED: 16:41 31 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:58 31 August 2017

The Holt 1940s group gets ready for the  1940s weekend in the town centre, with chairman and town mayor, Duncan Baker, 2nd right, and deputy chairman, Neil Bond, 4th right. James Hawke from the Norfolk Military Vehicle Group brought the vehicle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Holt 1940s group gets ready for the 1940s weekend in the town centre, with chairman and town mayor, Duncan Baker, 2nd right, and deputy chairman, Neil Bond, 4th right. James Hawke from the Norfolk Military Vehicle Group brought the vehicle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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North Norfolk is set to be transported back in time for a celebration of the style, culture and character of the wartime era.

The Holt 1940s group gets ready for the 1940s weekend in the town centre, with chairman and town mayor, Duncan Baker, 4th right, and deputy chairman, Neil Bond, 3rd right. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The Holt 1940s group gets ready for the 1940s weekend in the town centre, with chairman and town mayor, Duncan Baker, 4th right, and deputy chairman, Neil Bond, 3rd right. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The third annual Holt 1940s Weekend, which celebrates the wartime efforts of allied forces, will be held in the town centre on Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17.

It coincides with event activities organised at Holt and Sheringham train stations and their events in Sheringham, to which Holt is inextricably linked by the North Norfolk Railway line.

The weekend usually attracts over 20,000 visitors to the town’s shops and the Holt 1940s committee has been busy planning since March to make the weekend a success.

Neil Bond, vice-chairman of the 1940s committee, said: “Proceeds from the event are being raised for the Walking with the Wounded charity to help vulnerable veterans integrate back in to society.

The Holt 1940s group gets ready for the 1940s weekend in the town centre, with chairman and town mayor, Duncan Baker, back centre, and deputy chairman, Neil Bond, left. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The Holt 1940s group gets ready for the 1940s weekend in the town centre, with chairman and town mayor, Duncan Baker, back centre, and deputy chairman, Neil Bond, left. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“We are also being kindly supported this year with some items on loan from the Muckleburgh collection in nearby Weybourne, which will feature in our window displays and we are supporting them also with advertising.”

The town’s shops and shopkeepers will enter into the ‘40s spirit with eye-catching window displays, and hundreds of visitors are set to dress for the occasion.

Duncan Baker, 1940s committee chairman, said: “This is our third year and we aim to be bigger and better than before. We are building on the success from previous years. Obviously it’s also 1940s weekend in Sheringham, so it’s a big celebration across the two towns. We’ve got lots of events planned throughout the weekend. It should do wonders for the town and community, and everyone can get involved.”

The event was launched by the war memorial in the Market Place on Wednesday, August 30 where organisers were joined by James Hawke’s 1940s Dodge command car, which will be used to distribute the teddy bears for the ‘Ration Book trail’. Mr Hawke is part of the Norfolk Military Vehicle group.

Staff were also dressed in 1940s military uniforms and ‘land girl’ costumes to add to the spectacle.

The ration book trail gives visitors the chance to discover the various retailers in the town, collect stamps from each participating business and qualify for a prize draw.

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