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Salute to the 40s at Chatham Historic Dockyard 2018

By Angela Cole

Get your gladrags on and join a celebration of our Second World War past this weekend.

Vintage hairstyles and fashions, music and retro moves will be served up in spades at the Historic Dockyard Chatham’s annual Salute to the 40s on Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16.

Back this year bigger and better than ever, the dockyard will have vintage sounds playing, from the Glenn Miller Orchestra UK, the Polka Dots Dolls and the Hotsie Totsies to the D-Day Darlings from Britain’s Got Talent, and more.

Dancing at the Salute to the 40s festival
Dancing at the Salute to the 40s festival

If you’re still perfecting your retro outfit, there will be plenty of shopping opportunities and for those that want the 1940s experience, you can also get your hair styled in the salon or barber's.

You can also see a bombed out street and 1940s shops including Knotts Confectionery, a replica grocery shop, Ferris & Sons and the Holdsworth Arms, a replica pub.

Feel the vintage vibes at Salute to the 40s
Feel the vintage vibes at Salute to the 40s

Vintage cocktails and bars will be on offer around the site, and fear not - it may be marking the 1940s, but there won't be any rationing.

Visit the tea rooms, or try a homemade pie.

Visitors can also try an air raid experience, hear the sirens, and be taken into an original air raid shelter by an air raid warden.

Salute to the 40s at Chatham Dockyard
Salute to the 40s at Chatham Dockyard

There will be all the sites and sounds of the wartime era, with more than 600 re-enactors from home front to military putting on a show.

The family fun also includes parades, running steam trains and the usual dockyard galleries.

DETAILS

Salute to the 40s is at the Historic Dockyard Chatham on Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16. To book tickets, visit thedockyard.co.uk

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