Baston goes back to the blitz with 1940s day

Baston in the Blitz.  Shelenda Watling and Joanna Francis with George Formby singer Paul Casper. EMN-140709-220750009
Baston in the Blitz. Shelenda Watling and Joanna Francis with George Formby singer Paul Casper. EMN-140709-220750009
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The blitz came to Baston for the first time this weekend.

Brudenell Playing Field hosted the 1940s-themed event yesterday (Sunday) and around 1,800 people attended.

There was entertainment from one of the best 1940s-style singers, Lola Lamour, plus comedy from Paul Casper with his versions of George Formby songs, and Blitz Dancers from Warmington and Peterborough.

Event organiser, Alan Hutchins said: “The day went splendidly and we had beautiful weather.

“The entertainment in the main marquee was very popular and we had gone out of our way to book Lola Lamour.

“The crowning glory of the day though was the spitfire and hurricane fly pasts for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in the afternoon. It was very well received.”

The day had a host of other events too which included old-style amusements, pony rides and a picnic area.

Alan added that the event had a unique atmosphere that was cosy and intimate.

He said: “We had everything around the main marquee and because that was so popular, there was always people going about and I know the traders really appreciated this.

“And the event ended up lasting until 6pm.”

On Saturday evening, there was also music and dancing that was provided by Harmony Belle.

Alan said: “This was also very popular and if we had more space in the marquee, more people would have come.”

Next year Baston plans to hold the event again, but this time organisers hope to have it over a two day period on August 1 and 2.

Alan added: “We have seen how well this year has worked and we know that the formula we used for this event is the right one.

“So next year, we just hope to make it bigger and better.”