Ilkeston - Armed Forties Day
w/e 30 June 2019
All of this week's pictures were
taken with a Kodak DX6490
Saturday June 29th 2019 was Armed Forces Day. it
was also the day that Erewash Museum held their ever popular
Swing Back to the Forties event so, with a number of military
vehicles and uniforms on display, it was in effect an Armed Forties
High Street leading to the museum was closed for the day to allow
some of the vehicles to be parked near the entrance gates.
There were more vehicles within the museum's grounds and the
Americans were here in force, this jeep bearing the name plate
Re-enactors also added to the atmosphere and came dressed as
Their English counterparts had a more sedate approach to the
event and a number of Vintage Cars were on display. The forties
clad gentleman with his "little boy" were surveying
the car bottom left with its bonnet open whilst the pilot (a
manikin) was positioned between more old vehicles (top left).
Forties fashion was evident everywhere and I believe some of
these ladies and gentlemen were part of the Festival Swing Dance
Society taking a break between their performances of the lawn.
There were however some dancers on the lawn strutting their stuff
to wartime favourites as performed by Johnny Victory.
But on the hottest day of the year so far, many were just grateful
to find a little shade to sit and enjoy the music. The Royal
British Legion were also present and elsewhere a Tombola was
being run by the Friends of the Erewash Museum and refreshments
were on sale.
Inside the museum there was much more to be sampled and enjoyed.
The Victorian kitchen had been transformed into a wartime kitchen
with a display of various foodstuffs that were on ration whilst
the Fifties shop had homemade sweets and cakes for sale. The
Lally Gallery had a display of vintage clothes and other memorabilia
whilst upstairs in the Hayloft there was display of model tanks
plus a recreation of a bomber flying over a dam after dropping
a bouncing bomb.
There were also model ships on display but these were outside
in the museum grounds.
The model ship display was just inside the garden and is seen
here from a window in the museum. Fine weather is always a bonus
at events like this and on this Armed Forces Day it ensured that
Swinging Back to the Forties was yet another successful day in
the calendar of events hosted by the Erewash Museum.