pictures by Jacob King
SADDLEWORTH TURNED back the clocks once more for the popular annual 1940s ‘Yanks are back in Saddleworth’ extravaganza.
Soldiers, vintage ladies and even a handful of Germans lined the streets for the two-day event which celebrates the local filming of Hollywood movie ‘YANKS’ in 1979.
Now in its 16th year, the main event at Saddleworth School, presented by WW2Events.co.uk, included a military vehicle encampment, militaria and vintage stalls.
There was also a 1940’s Tea room and Café, musical entertainment by ‘Homefront Entertainments’ and free dance lessons from the Backstep Boogie Club.
At Uppermill Civic Hall visitors danced the day away at a Tea Dance, enjoyed the Wartime Cinema or saw out the evening at the Victory Swing Ball.
A spectacular flyover saw a Lancaster Bomb accompanied by a Spitfire and Hurricane circle over Saddleworth’s hills to wow the watching crowds.
Then on Sunday, Normandy Veterans were the guests of honour with the Mayor of Oldham at Betty’s Chippy, where owner Les Leech served up coffee and cakes.
There was entertainment by ukulele players from the George Formby Society, a minute’s silence to remember the fallen, and a rousing speech by ‘Mr Churchill’.
And a touching poem called ‘Until Much Later’ was recited by Frank Tolley, was served in the 65 Squadron of the RAF during World War 2 and now lives in Sale, Cheshire.
Frank penned the poem in response to his grandson Nick’s question for him ‘what was it like to kill people?’ for a World War 2 project at school.
Then, led by Oldham Scottish Pipe Band and military veterans with ‘Mr Churchill’, the parade processed Uppermill through Saddleworth villages.
Meanwhile, at The Swan, Dobcross, visitors enjoyed wartime newspapers, vintage entertainment and a specially-written show ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’.
Proceeds from the weekend’s event will go to this year’s chosen charities: The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and Help 4 Homeless Veterans.
Saddleworth Round Table organised the ninth classic car display, in association with American Auto Club North West. 85 cars of all sizes and colours were on display, and Round Table will donated all proceeds this year to St john’s Ambulance.