Mu­seum recre­ates sights and sounds of the wartime years

Staines Informer - - NEWS - Tom Smurth­waite

SIR Win­ston Churchill and Field Mar­shall Mont­gomery popped in to greet fans as Brook­lands Mu­seum re­lived the 1940s.

The Wey­bridge mu­seum, in Brook­lands Road, paid trib­ute to the decade on Satur­day May 14 with an event that cel­e­brated the fash­ion, mu­sic, ve­hi­cles and at­ti­tudes of the time.

Ac­tiv­i­ties gave equal weight to the Sec­ond World War and its im­me­di­ate aftermath, both im­por­tant pe­ri­ods in the his­tory of Brook­lands.

Cap­ping off the day was a Bat­tle of Britain memo­rial fly­past fea­tur­ing a Lan­caster, Spit­fire and Hur­ri­cane.

Paul Ste­wart, from the mu­seum, pin­pointed some of the high­lights.

He said: “Vin­tage spe­cial­ist DJ Swing Shift pro­vided the sounds, and singing live was chanteuse Noelle Vaughn, well known as be­ing one of the most au­then­tic singers on the cir­cuit.

“If you closed your eyes you thought you were lis­ten­ing to the wire­less 70 years ago.”

Any­one un­able to fi­nesse their 1940s’ look did not have to worry, Mr Ste­wart said, as there was a vin­tage-style hair and make-up par­lour in the original press hut pro­vided by spe­cial­ist stylists Hair That Turns Heads.

“And the race car bays of the world’s first motor rac­ing Pad­dock were the set­ting for a trade vil­lage where vis­i­tors could find sell­ers of original and qual­ity re­pro­duc­tion cloth­ing, home wares and ephemera from the era,” he said.

“Mean­while, a dis­play of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles fea­tured vans, trucks, lor­ries and even de­liv­ery bi­cy­cles from the pe­riod, along with many re-en­ac­tor groups, por­trayed ev­ery­thing from the Home Guard, RAF and Land Army Girls, to civil­ian and fam­ily life, all adding to the time-trav­el­ling ef­fect.”

Clas­sic cars were on dis­play.

A cuppa for Steve Pri­est­ley and Natasha Booker.

Sarah Gal­lagher and Paula Ewing.

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