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1940s' event coming back next year

The 1940s will return to Boston next year. Boston Big Local has confirmed that funding will be available for a repeat of this year's popular event in Central Park.

The first 1940s' event in June attracted more than 2,000 visitors keen to experience the brighter side of the war years.

Live music, singing and dancing from the era was topped off with a Hurricane flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Organiser Fran Taylor, from Boston Borough Council's events team, said: "It was such a brilliant day in June. We had marvellous feedback from lots of people wanting to know if we'd do it again. Now, with generous support from Boston Big Local, the 1940s will return to Boston next summer."

Cllr Claire Rylott, the council's portfolio holder for leisure services, said: "There's a real fondness for the war years - both from those who lived through them and those too young to have experienced the difficulties which brought the best of British to the surface. They love the camaraderie and the way people knuckled down to make the best of a bad lot.

"I am so pleased that, working with our partners, such as Boston Big Local, we deliver the 1940s' experience once again. It's another example of plenty going on in Boston for those who want to come out and enjoy it"

This June's event included a variety of re-enactment groups putting on displays, children enjoying a vintage fair including a vintage carousel. There was a 1940s' living room and a Second World War veteran told his story of volunteering for the bomber command.

The '40s Home Front posted: "What a fabulous day at Boston '40s Day. It was a great line up of entertainment - thanks for inviting us to be a part of it."

The Boston Great War Commemoration Society said: "What a fantastic day at the Boston 1940s' event. Met some great people, we all thoroughly enjoyed it, can't wait for the next one!"

Richard Tory, chairman of the Boston Big Local Partnership Group, said: "The Boston Big Local Events Committee agreed to help fund next year's event in acknowledgement of the popularity of such events across the generations, allowing them to jointly celebrate our heritage."