Sunbathers return to the beaches and town centre for 1940s fun after brief rain shower hits Lowestoft

Vintage vehicles and costumes aplenty at the 1940s Festival Weekend in Lowestoft. Picture: Mick Howe

Vintage vehicles and costumes aplenty at the 1940s Festival Weekend in Lowestoft. Picture: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

Just when it looked like summer had well and truly arrived, with sun-drenched shores and cloudless skies over Suffolk this morning, a brief shower of rain threatened to dampen the spirits.

Children from Lowestoft enjoy an ice cream near the beach. Pictures: MICK HOWES

Children from Lowestoft enjoy an ice cream near the beach. Pictures: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

With dark clouds looming in the skies over Lowestoft and cooler conditions, beach-goers were forced to run for temporary cover at about 11.45am today (Saturday).

On the town's streets, people went from taking leisurely strolls in heat of around 23C and enjoying the entertainment and displays at the Lowestoft 1940s festival weekend, to sheltering for cover after a brief shower of rain.

But no sooner had the brief rain shower arrived, the cloudless skies and sunshine had soon returned – with the crowds returning to the beaches and flocking to the town centre.

Beach-goers in Lowestoft ahead of the brief rain shower. Pictures: MICK HOWES

Beach-goers in Lowestoft ahead of the brief rain shower. Pictures: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

Tomorrow is forecast to be another bright sunny day, but forecasters have warned that thunderstorms could hit on bank holiday Monday.

Fun activities for all the family has transformed a town centre as Lowestoft has been transported back in time to the 1940s.

Live music, history talks, vintage vehicles, children's entertainment and much more have taken centre stage at the 1940s festival weekend, which will see the town's history celebrated until 5pm today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday, May 28).

Beach-goers in Lowestoft ahead of the brief rain shower. Pictures: MICK HOWES

Beach-goers in Lowestoft ahead of the brief rain shower. Pictures: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

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The event, hosted by Lowestoft Vision, has attracted young and old as the crowds have flocked to catch a glimpse of a range of 1940s displays, re-enactments, entertainment and exhibitions – which are showcased all the way from Station Square up to the Triangle Market

Retailers have transformed their window displays and staff have dressed up for the occasion, while café's – such as Kerrys – have been 'very busy' serving vintage afternoon tea with a 1940s theme, as they hosted swing, jazz and vintage singer Jayne Darling this afternoon.

The Jive Bunnies have been performing in Be-Bop Avenue, while Rock 'n' Rollers hairstyling and make-up have been kept busy.

Some of the vintage vehicles on display at the 1940s Festival Weekend in Lowestoft. Picture: MICK HO

Some of the vintage vehicles on display at the 1940s Festival Weekend in Lowestoft. Picture: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

Danny Steel, chairman of Lowestoft Vision, said: 'The 1940s weekend is another great project put on by Lowestoft Vision. Come down and enjoy the great weather with us and see what Lowestoft has got to offer.'

Visitors have also got into the spirit of the occasion by dressing up in their best 1940s gear. Visit www.discoverlowestoft.co.uk for more details.

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