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Medway: Salute to the '40s at Chatham Historic Dockyard brings vintage festival fun to town

By What's On reporter


Dig out your victory roll hair and classic red lippie - it's time to be transported back to the 1940s, with one of Britain’s best vintage festivals.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham lays on its celebration of forties fun on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17 with the sights and sounds of the era and some new and exciting additions this year!

Celebrating forces' sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn's 100th birthday, The Dockyard will be in full-on 40s swing with a weekend packed with nostalgic numbers, sing-a-longs and dance ‘til you drop entertainment with a line-up to die for including new for this year, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Hotsie Totsies.

Salute to the '40s is a family-friendly event

Vintage music will fill the air along with a variety of comedy acts, dance workshops and performances from the likes of the Cinque Port Lindy Hoppers, Medway Lindy Hoppers and the Lindy Kicks.

Join the army of thousands who come dressed in their vintage finest alongside Land Army girls, housewives and evacuees. If you haven't picked out your outfit yet you can browse the vintage stalls, selling accessories, jewellery and uniforms and check out the vintage fashion parade.

With its own 1940s film set location, Home Front displays, military camps and re-enactors are perfectly at home at The Dockyard site. While you're at Salute to the '40s make sure you visit the 1940s street with its bombed-out house, anti-aircraft gun display, vintage barbers and pub - and don’t be surprised if there's a "Royal Visit" during the day!

There's a Coming Home parade on both days of the event

Rationing won't be on the cards for visitors so tuck into goodies from cream teas to ploughman’s and fish and chips to Kentish pies. You can choose from the many themed caterers offering everything from bacon butties to good old fashioned tea, you won’t be going hungry.

The site will be full of locomotives running up and down the tracks and there will be hundreds of military and civilian vintage cars, buses, trucks and motorcycles to see, plus a Coming Home parade on both days.

Visitors can also see what it was like to be in an air raid evacuation by stepping back in time and joining an air raid experience where an ARP warden will lead you into a Second World War shelters and tell you more about the history.

Bag your tickets for the Salute to the '40s now with discounts tickets available at thedockyard.co.uk

Vintage music will fill the air
There will be lots of vintage vehicles on show at the Salute to the '40s
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