Villagers at Chatburn found themselves in a time warp last Friday as people from all over the North of England converged in period attire for a 1940s night.
The noise of sirens and big band swing music drifted through the village from Christ Church as revellers enjoyed a wartime experience served up by over 50 entertainers including actors, musicians, singers and a Home Guard detachment.
All the tickets were sold out more than a week before the event.
There was applause and cheering worthy of VE Day for notable contributions from Stage Two drama group, who delivered moving and humorous sketches of life throughout the 40’s, all coordinating with background music, soundtracks of the era and images and newsreel clips on the big screen.
The blending of technology with live musicians and performers created a unique immersion into life in the 40s.
A packed audience were thrilled by Sounds 18 Big Band playing the music of Glenn Miller and other swing bands, with vocals from Joe McCarthy and Lyn Fairbanks, who also led the audience with a hearty sing-along of forces favourites.
The Ingleton Home Guard caught a foreign spy in the audience, and they paraded the Union Standard at the end of the evening during a patriotic rendition by everybody of “Land of Hope and Glory.”
Rationed food and Naafi drink was available during the evening and raffle prizes included items typically available in 40s Britain.
Clive Greenwood, the event organiser, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the high level of collaboration, friendship and fun that has been enjoyed between everyone and with other local groups both during rehearsals and on the night.
“The input and warm camaraderie, support and contribution of the local residents and church members and those further afield made this a terrific social affair in addition to providing enjoyment and raising money for a worthy cause.
“Thanks to this widespread support and cooperation, and encouraged by the positive audience feedback, we are now looking at developing these music events further.
“On behalf of the church members, I would express our gratitude to all the people who have made donations and contributed by attending from across the region.”