Salute the wartime era at Holt

The second annual Holt 1940s Weekend, which celebrates the wartime efforts of allied forces, will be

The second annual Holt 1940s Weekend, which celebrates the wartime efforts of allied forces, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18. - Credit: submitted

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

The second annual Holt 1940s Weekend, which celebrates the wartime efforts of allied forces, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18.

Authentic costumes, music, military vehicles and steam engines will contribute to the 1940s atmosphere when visitors take a step back in time to wartime Britain.

Held in conjunction with Sheringham's sister 1940s event and in support of Walking With The Wounded, both weekends are linked by a nostalgic journey on North Norfolk Railway's Poppy Line.

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


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Returning to this year's Holt 1940s Weekend is the Holt ration book trail, which gives visitors to Holt the perfect opportunity to discover the various retailers in the town, collect stamps in their ration books from each participating business and to qualify for a prize draw on the 1940s weekend.

This year's ration book will tie in with the Walking With The Wounded. Collect your stamps, search for the Walking With The Wounded charity bears in each store and write their names inside your book. Can you locate them all?

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Throughout the weekend expect a range of nostalgic happenings and activities, including the Holt carrier pigeon race, the 'We'll Meet Again 1940s Extravaganza' at Gresham's Auden Theatre, 1940s fashion shows, wartime classics from a live pipe and drum group, nostalgic 1940s vocalist performances and military vehicle displays.

Holt's cafés and restaurants will also enter the wartime spirit with spam fritters and 1940s fare for all — in keeping with rationing, of course.

And don't forget to tip your hat to 'Winston Churchill' as he pays a visit to the town throughout the weekend!

WWTW Director of Fundraising Andrew Cook said: 'We are incredibly grateful to people like this who help us to develop our programmes to support those vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service and to assist them in gaining independence through new long term careers outside of the military. This includes providing support to homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System, areas which are too often ignored.'

For further details of this year's Holt 1940s Weekend, see online at www.fortiesweekend.com

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