1940s enthusiasts meet again for nostalgic trip back in time
IT WAS full steam ahead as three Lincolnshire villages united for 1940s-themed family fun.
Now in it's ninth year, the 1940s Weekend takes in North Thoresby, Fulstow and the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway in Ludborough.
Visitors took a trip down memory lane with attractions including a Spitfire aircraft on the ground at Ludborough, military re-enactments, displays of military and vintage vehicles and farm machinery.
Black market stalls, 1940s music and a fly-past by the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight were also part of this exciting weekend.
And a Spitfire and Hurricane wowed the crowds during a flypast above the station.
Kevin Kade, who was displaying his Morris Eight car, was "overwhelmed" with the sight.
"This whole event is fantastic and especially when the Spitfire flew past – the sound was just immense," he said.
"I have brought my car, which is called Valentine because it was created on February 14, 1945.
"It is in remarkable condition. A lady owned it for many years and it has all the original seats.
"It's still a very reliable car ... I have driven in it to Spain and back!"
Military and civilian re-enactors mingled with visitors at all locations.
In North Thoresby, there was an emphasis on farming, 1940s food and the military. And trains running all day linked the villages. Train driver James Wilson said: "This fantastic weather has really made it one of the best events yet! The train has been very popular with people and everyone seems to be enjoying the ride."
And passengers Graham and Lynda Holroyd agreed.
They said: "The trip from Ludborough to North Thoresby on the train felt like I had stepped back in time.
"We have camped at Ludborough. The area is such a lovely setting for this type of event.
"The reason why we like the 1940s era is because of the old values – everyone stopped to speak to anyone and the swinging music was fantastic."
Lynda added: "I work with people with dementia and the unique sound of the Spitfire will bring back an association of the era.
"When I play the sound to people, it brings back memories of the time which they were fond of."
Military uniforms and tea dresses were the outfits of choice at a 1940s weekend.
Nigel Chester and Sandie White, who are part of JJ's East Coast Swing Dance Club, love the wartime dancing and music.
Nigel said: "Everyone looked so well turned out and smart during the 1940s and it was a much slower pace of life – we love living in the past."