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Trio of 1940s events for Boston

A three-day event in Boston this month will celebrate all that was great about the 1940s.

There's great affection for the war years, despite the deprivations. And a three-day event in Boston this month will celebrate all that was great about the 1940s.

The fun begins on Friday, June 15, from 7.30pm at Boston Conservative Club with 1940s entertainment from vocalist Elsie Dene and Derek Herbert as George Fornby. Guests can get into the swing by dressing in 1940s' styles, but this is optional.

Tickets are £12.50 and profits will go to the Boston Mayor's charities - Macmillan Cancer Support and the Alzheimer's Society. Contact Nigel Welton on 07539 067 599 for tickets.

The 1940s fun carries on into Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17. Boston Big Local and Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC) support has made a repeat possible of last year's successful and popular event when more than 2,000 visitors turned up, keen to experience the brighter side of the war years.

On Saturday Boston Market will come alive to live performances by Sarah Jane, The 78DJ and Boston Jive.

And on Sunday, Father's Day, from 10am to 4pm, visitors to Central Park will be transported back to the 1940s with vintage vehicle displays, 1940s-themed live performances, stalls, refreshments and more.

Look to the skies on the Sunday sometime before 1pm when, weather permitting, there will be several flypasses by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster . Keep your eyes peeled and your ears tuned for the unmistakable sound of those four mighty Rolls-Royce Merlin engines. There will be 1940s re-enactments by Strictly GI, Crusade and PBI (three different acts), eight singers and bands, vintage fair, vintage vehicles including military, memorabilia displays including from the We'll Meet Again Second World War Museum, Freiston and retro stalls. There is no admission charge.

As in past years visitors are encouraged to attend in 1940s dress, bring a picnic and stay all day.

Organiser Fran Taylor, Boston Borough Council's play and physical activity officer, said: "It's so brilliant to get any flypast, but a Lancaster flypast is just the best for this event. And it's Father's Day, so all dads are welcome. Fingers crossed for good weather."