For the second year in a row, Bridlington will be hosting the 1940s extravaganza. For this year’s festival, the Bridlington Town Association, who are organising the event, is pulling out all the stops. This is the only show of this kind anywhere on the Yorkshire coast and the event promises many things including a parade and a number of attractions themed around the Second World War.
One of the key attractions at the event is the chance to tour the cockpit of a Lancaster bomber. This was a heavy bomber that was one of the main bomber used by the royal air force during the Second World War. It was one of the most successful night bombers used during the war. At 1.40pm, there will be a Battle of Britain memorial flypast.
This will be a tribute to members of the Royal Air Force who have defended the country since 1940 and it will be marked by a Hurricane which will fly over the 900-year-old Priory Church in Old Town.
There is also a wide range of entertainment acts lined up for the day including the George Formby Experience, soloist Jessa Liversidge, vocalist Madeline Brown, Marine Mae and even Bridlington Old Town’s singing town crier.
A spokesperson for Bridlington Town Association, Mr Hinde, stated that the festival, which will be taking place on the Yorkshire coast near Bempton Cliffs and Flamborough Head, has a location unlike any other. He also added that they’re looking forward to having an even bigger and better event this year than they did last year since the festival is free to enter and features many entertainment options for those who’ll be attending.
Attendees can also look forward to a funfair and a dog show with a 1940’s theme that’s been dubbed Punch and Judy.
There will also be a Squadron of Dambusters that will be on display inside the Bridlington Priory Church along with a dedication plaque for Ginger Lacey, a Squadron Leader and the most successful airman at the Battle of Britain.
Chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, Sir Gary Verity stated that the event promises to be spectacular and will have fighter planes, music and various other forms of entertainment. He also stated that this will be a good opportunity to enjoy the special atmosphere that is found in the Historic Old Town. He also added that as years go by, he expects the festival will only get better.