HUNDREDS of people took a trip back in time to enjoy a 1940s-style weekend celebration.

The second Padiham on Parade took place in the town centre on Saturday and Sunday.

Organised by armed forces veterans, residents came out to see people dressed as nurses, soldiers and more from the Second World War period.

Sandra Eastwood, 54, from Hapton said: “I’m lost for words.

“It’s just a great show for the whole family that they’ve got on offer today.

“It’s wonderful, it’s quite a sight to see it all.”

Streets and shops were covered in bunting and Union flags to celebrate the event.

A highlights included a Ballroom Blitz Dance party on Saturday night, with lots of jiving and 1940’s fun, along with live themed music.

A selection of classic 1940s vehicles were also on show.

Dave Salisbury, from the South Cumbria North Lancashire Military Vehicle Trust, came dressed in full vintage soldier uniform.

He said: “I was at the event last year and I’ve been to these sort of days all around the country, it’s just a great day out.

“We’ve been doing these sort of events for 17 years.

“It’s just a nice relaxing atmosphere.”

Guests also go to enjoy a variety of stalls and fairground rides.

David Taylor, 78, from Padiham, said: “I lived through the war myself and it was a horrible time.

“People have to be careful they don’t glorify the war, but you’ve got to respect the army and the work they do.

“It’s a great day for Padiham, and you keep finding something new around every corner.”

Beverley Richards, who runs the Floral Designs shop in Burnley Road, said: “I think it’s all a positive for the town.

“It’s definitely a good thing and it needs everyone to support it.

“All the shops are in the spirit of things as well, it’s an exciting day.”

The event tied in with National Arms Forces Day on Saturday.