Yanks on the march as Saddleworth mobilises for World War II – again

SADDLEWORTH turns back the clock this month for its annual friendly weekend wartime invasion.

The Yanks Are Back on August 11 and 12 complete with fly past by Spitfire, Lancaster and Hurricane, military vehicles, vintage cars, 1940’s fashion show, craft stalls, dancing, music and much more.

Last year’s Yanks event in Uppermill (Pictures thanks to Carl Royle)

Now in its 17th year, ‘Yanks’ is billed as the North of England’s longest running WW2 Military and Living History event.

The main base for the weekend’s activities is again Saddleworth School with admission costing £5 (for both days with handstamp) and £12 for a family ticket of two adults and Under 16s. There is free admission for war veterans.

The customary parade of veterans and machinery, starting at 12 noon from Bridge Street and Chapel Road respectively along Uppermill High Street on Sunday is free.

A Sir Winston Churchill look-a-like will salute the thousands of onlookers from the lead vehicle.

This year’s parade will be led by the remainder of the Stockport Normandy veterans, alongside the Oldham British Legion veterans. Money raised from the two-day event will be given to the Bury Veterans’ Association.

Together with the annual featured attractions organisers are including new additions for a festival commemorating the making of the movie ‘Yanks’, partly filmed in various Saddleworth locations.

“They will be a welcome change and also a new interest for people who come every year,” said organiser and Yanks stalwart, Paul Higgins, of the appearance of 25lb guns display, a 101st airborne display and full-sized Spitfire and ME/109 at Saddleworth School.

“But we don’t want to oversubscribe it because then we’ll lose the essence of the show.”

And there will also be plenty of time for locals and visitors to let down their hair.

The Victory Swing Ball on August 11 is headlined by the Debonaires and also featuring Katie Mustang and Paul ‘Peaky’ Shelby. Tickets cost £15 and includes a hot wartime supper.

Trina from Backstep Boogie will be spinning the discs and giving free dance lessons. Dress to impress with WW2 or civilian dress preferred.

Also, following from last year’s show, the Tea Dance will be moved into Saddleworth School’s gym on the Saturday between 2-3pm.

A Yanks highlight is always the fly pasts, weather and machinery permitting. On Saturday, this takes place at 1pm and on Sunday at 3.20pm.

Another new edition to Yanks 2018 is a Park and Ride scheme that will operate from 10am to 5pm, both days, ferrying visitors from Well-i-Hole Farm, Greenfield into Uppermill.

For further information find The Official Yanks are back in Saddleworth 2018 on Facebook or visit their website: www.yanksarebackinsaddleworth.co.uk

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