HUNDREDS of people braved the weather to enjoy a weekend of vintage glamour at a 1940s-themed event.

Visitors, many of whom were in costumes embracing the era, battled the wind and rain as Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom and Bury stepped back in time.

The streets were alive with music, entertainment, historical exhibitions, battles and re-enactments from the Second World War.

An impressive battle re-enactment was staged at Rawtenstall Station, as well as music and dancing from The Bluebird Belles, Paul Harper & Mr Don Gentile and the Rum & Cola Girls.

The East Lancashire Railway also played its full part, bringing the war years to life in various events at stations along the 12-mile line.

Each of the stations, Bury’s Bolton Street, Ramsbottom, Rawtenstall and Heywood; were transformed into an authentic recreation — from Camp Roanoke to Rossendorf.

Hundreds of dedicated re-enactors were also on hand, alongside famous faces including Winston Churchill and classic characters from ‘Allo ‘Allo.

Visitors were also able to also sit in the cockpit of a Spitfire and experience the sight, sound and power of the aircraft, including starting up the engine, at the Bury Transport Museum.

And to coincide with the event, streets and shops around Ramsbottom town centre showed the Blitz Spirit as they were given a war-years makeover.