Ilkeston - Forties Garden Party
w/e 01 July 2018
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490


It was back to the Erewash Museum for this set of images as the annual "Swing Back to the Forties" event was held this year under the guise of a "1940's Garden Party" on June 23rd.

Erewash Museum

High Street was partially closed for the duration of the event as a number of vehicles were parked in the grounds of the museum and a Military Police vehicle typical of the 1940s was parked outside the entrance.

Visitors however were welcomed to the event to the sound of bagpipes.
Ladies ....

Ladies dressed in period costume handed out programmes and welcomed everyone.
.... and Gentlemen

It wasn't just ladies in costume either although I don't suppose miners from this industrial community looked quite as smart in the 1940s as these two gentlemen.
Classic Cars

A selection of vehicles reminiscent of the era were parked in the forecourt.
Fordson Pattisson

Prominent amongst them was this recently restored Fordson Pattisson. Although originally purchased a little after the 1940s by Ilkeston Borough Council in 1952 for ground maintenance on the Rutland Recreation Ground it was sold by the authority in 1978 but was bought for the Erewash Museum in 1997. In the last couple of years it has been fully restored to its former glory.
Close Inspection

As the volunteers mingled among the crowd more old vehicles were worthy of closer inspection in the grounds of the museum.

A large military Autin assured everyone "We Were There" in 1944.
Standing Room Only

There were displays and events going on all afternoon and it was standing room only on the lawn where seats were at a premium at this popular event. The glorious weather was a bonus and helped draw all ages to enjoy the entertainment.
Festival Swing Dancers

Johnny Victory performed as usual with his selection of songs from the period and The Festival Swing Dance Society showed popular dances from the 1940s in what once again proved to be one of the most popular events in the museum's calendar.

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