Museum recreates sights and sounds of the wartime years
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.