Churchill stood on the steps of the Town Hall, cigar clenched firmly between his teeth, two fingers raised in that famous ‘V’ for victory pose and gave a rousing wartime speech.
Nearby the Wehrmacht in their field green applauded enthusiastically, the ‘screaming eagles’ of the US 101st Airbourne Division too whilst the British Paratroopers in red berets cheered. It was a 1940s ‘Wartime Weekend’ and there was a good turn out.
Mingling with the Saturday shoppers a four star American general in dress uniform and suitably attired in a mac against the rain chatted to a RAF squadron leader in leather flying jacket. Ladies in 1940s dresses, hats and fur stoles browsed the market stalls and went about the shopping. Many shop window displays harked back to the era too.
A convey of military vehicles wound its way up the High Street. And the most surreal image of all; German soldiers boarding an old red double decker bus. They even formed a queue!
The weather failed to dampen people’s spirits and although the flypast by the Dakota was cancelled, George Formby was playing his uke for all he was worth in the courtyard of the Golden Lion and setting many a foot tapping.
1940s events are planned right across the weekend: