Sheringham churches to celebrate 1940’s weekend
The annual 1940’s weekend in Sheringham gets bigger every September, with many of the town’s churches taking part by providing special events. Tony Rothe reports.
This 1940's - themed weekend will take place throughout Sheringham on September 14 and 15. This originated on the North Norfolk Railway, but many of Sheringham’s shops and businesses will also reflect a wartime theme, and the town will be packed with visitors and locals wearing 1940’s outfits.
Lighthouse Community Church will be holding a Naafi Café from 11am on the Saturday, serving authentic 1940’s-style food, served up by the Lighthouse Land Girls, pictured above and right. There will be wartime BBC broadcasts, period music and sweet rations for children.
This will be followed by a Tea Dance from 2.30pm, featuring the 40’s Home Front! Tickets are £5, on sale in advance from Lighthouse reception during office hours, and on the day if still available. The price includes light refreshments.
For the first time this year, there will also be stalls upstairs selling 1940’s vintage clothes and accessories, running from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Anyone wishing to have a stall should contact Lighthouse office.
Lighthouse will also be having a 1940’s style service on Sunday morning from 10.15am. There will be songs from the period, and everyone is encouraged to wear suitable clothing, with prizes for the best ‘wartime effort’ dress code in children and adult categories.
Organiser Sue Savory said “It’s that time of the year when the population of Sheringham explodes with people from all over the country, the Community of Wartime is celebrated, and thanks are given that we survived. The whole weekend is crazy and many churches get involved, with Lighthouse playing a full role in the activities, culminating in a special service with a 1940’s flavour on the Sunday.
“What an opportunity to celebrate Community with so many visitors from all over the country. If you arrive without knowing about the weekend, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve been transported to another era! Do come an join us for a wonderful fun weekend!”
Lighthouse is at 62 Cromer Road, Sheringham, NR26 8RT.
The Salvation Army is once again putting on a couple of events for 1940's weekend. There will be a concert entitled 'Best of British' at 7.30pm on Saturday September 14 by Cawston Band, currently Norfolk's highest graded brass band. Tickets are £7 and under 16's are free.
On Sunday September 15 at 6pm there will be a 1940's Weekend Songs of Praise. Entry is free and a collection will be taken for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Sheringham Salvation Army is at 1 Cremer Street, Sheringham, NR26 8DZ.
The photos above or previous years' Naafi Cafes at Lighthouse are courtesy of Gareth Gabriel at https://filmand.photo/ and Sue Savory.
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