Turn back time as Yanks weekend extravaganza returns to Saddleworth

THE HANDS of time are turning back in August once more as the popular annual 1940s ‘Yanks are back in Saddleworth’ extravaganza returns.

Yanks celebrations in Dobcross

From soldiers and vintage ladies and to even the occasion German, the two-day event sees hundreds descend on the villages for the two-day event.

The weekend, now in its 17th year, celebrates the local filming of Hollywood blockbuster movie ‘YANKS’ in 1979, and this year will take place on August 5 and 6.

The main event at Saddleworth School, presented by WW2Events.co.uk, will include a military vehicle encampment, militaria and vintage stalls and displays, and classic cars,

There will also be refreshments, entertainment from Katie Mustang, Lilli Moore and Paul ‘Peaky’ Shelby, and more.

Admission costs £5 for both days, or a family ticket for £12, while card-carrying re-enactors and veterans can enter for free.

Then dance away the night on Saturday August 5 at the Victory Swing Ball at Saddleworth School, with Kalamazoo Dance Band, and Trina from The Backstep Boogie Club spinning the discs.

The event starts at 7.30pm and includes a wartime buffet supper, tickets cost £15 only in advance by calling: 07517 777837.

A wartime singer at Dobcross

Sunday, August 6 starts with the Mayor of Oldham’s coffee morning with Normandy and RBL veterans at Betty’s Chippy on Uppermill High Street.

Then, with Winston Churchill leading the way, there will be a military parade, starting at 12noon, through Uppermill and nearby villages.

Weather permitting, there will be a flyover by a Lancaster Bomb accompanied by a Spitfire and Hurricane on Saturday at 1.15pm and Sunday at 1.10pm (These times are only approximate, so look out early to avoid disappointment.)

Elsewhere, the popular NAFFI Café will be running for a seventh year at the Sacred Heart Church Hall, off Uppermill High Street.

On both Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm, visitors can enjoy tea, coffee, sandwiches, cakes and scones in a 1940s atmosphere as the room is decorated in style and volunteers don vintage costumes.

All proceeds will go towards the expenses for next year’s Whit Friday morning procession for the Sacred Heart and St Chad’s Church, Uppermill.

Another special treat on Saturday, August 5 will be ‘Home Front: Front Line’ featuring film, music, drama, images and sound to tell the story of WW2 through the lives of a young couple.

Based on historical records, it is an inspiring story of love, commitment, separation, conflict and faith.

Performances will be at 2pm and 5pm at Uppermill Methodist Church, no ticket required but donation on the door in aid of military charities. Refreshments available.

The show premiered in June 2016 and after Yanks it is being staged for six nights in August at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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