War time returns to Saddleworth with Yanks extravaganza

WAR TIME came to Saddleworth for one weekend only as the popular annual 1940s ‘Yanks are back in Saddleworth’ extravaganza returned.

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

Now in its 17th year, the weekend celebrates the local filming of Hollywood blockbuster movie ‘YANKS’ in 1979 in Dobcross and Stalybridge.

This year’s event at Saddleworth School, presented by WW2Events.co.uk, included a military vehicle encampment, militaria and vintage stalls and displays, and classic cars.

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

Then on Sunday the Mayor of Oldham hosted a coffee morning with Normandy and RBL veterans at Betty’s Chippy on Uppermill High Street.

After, locals lined the street to watch the military through Uppermill and nearby villages, with Winston Churchill leading the way.

And a highlight of the weekend was the spectacular flyover by a Lancaster Bomb accompanied by a Spitfire and Hurricane over Saddleworth’s hills.

Elsewhere, the popular NAFFI Café was running for a seventh year at the Sacred Heart Church Hall to raise funds for Whit Friday morning procession expenses for the Sacred Heart and St Chad’s Church, Uppermill.

Another special treat was ‘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 and will next be staged at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.


One Reply to “War time returns to Saddleworth with Yanks extravaganza”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *