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Darwen to go back in time for '40s weekend
THIS weekend will see Darwen go back in time to the 1940s, despite the organisers of previous events pulling out after a row last year.
Darwen 1940s Day has been a popular event on the town’s calendar for several years, and Saturday’s extravaganza is set to be no different.
The event has been organised for the first time by Darwen Town Council after representatives from the Soldiers Support Group, which ran previous events, said it had not received enough support from the council.
Marsh House councillor Tom Evans was tasked with organising this year’s event, and he urged the community to support it.
He said: “This is the first event of this scope I have organised but I think it will be a really good day.
“It has been hard work and a steep learning curve getting everything together.
“It has been like starting over again but I am confident it will be well received.
“I am really looking forward to it and I hope everyone comes down and sup- ports the event.
“We also want as many people as possible to come down in fancy dress.”
The event gets under way on Saturday at 10am with performances from singers Linda Dee, Bethany Turnball, Ricky Lee and Vicky Rothwell, as well as ukelele player Natasha Jones, a Winston Churchill impersonator, a Home Guard drill display and Punch and Judy shows.
There will also be a host of vehicles from the time, a carousel, face-painting, balloon modelling and other children’s games.
At a meeting of Darwen Town Council in September last year, Win Godfrey of the Soldiers Support Group said the group was disappointed with the council’s input.
She said not enough coun-cillors had attended the event and shown their support for it, so they would not be running it again.
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