Rock ‘n’ roll fun at nos­tal­gic fes­ti­val

Sunderland Echo - - News - By Sue Kirby @suekir­byjp

Take a step back in time with a Fes­ti­val of 50s this week­end at Beamish Mu­seum.

It’s time to practise those 50s hair­dos and dust off pet­ti­coats as the mu­seum cel­e­brates the fab­u­lous 50s.

Start­ing yes­ter­day and run­ning un­til Sun­day, there will be live mu­sic, cos­tumes to try on and de­li­cious 50sin­spired food and drink for all to en­joy.

Beamish is build­ing a 1950s Town as part of the £18mil­lion Re­mak­ing Beamish project, which has been awarded £10.9mil­lion by the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund.

Sian Fox, Beamish com­mu­nity events of­fi­cer, said: “We’re re­ally ex­cited about our Fes­ti­val of 50s. There’s lots to ex­plore, from live en­ter­tain­ment to 50s food and fash­ion, the event prom­ises to be a great day out for all the fam­ily.”

On all four days of the fes­ti­val, vis­i­tors will be able to dance along to band Hop, Sk­if­fle and Jump and be en­ter­tained by Suzie B’s Boys.

Sam­ple the de­lights of mac­a­roni cheese, coro­na­tion chicken sand­wiches, corned beef pie and Bat­ten­berg, and visit the 50s ice cream bike.

Pop across to Wanda, the 50s car­a­van, to try on cloth­ing from the times and see the change in fash­ion, look­ing at ev­ery­day dress and de­sign through­out the decade.

Also, have a go at tra­di­tional toys and games.

In this ex­cit­ing foot­balling year, Durham Am­a­teur Foot­ball Trust will be look­ing at the pop­u­lar­ity of the Am­a­teur League in the 1950s.

See how much the kits, sup­port­ers and or­gan­i­sa­tion of the game has changed and see the tra­di­tional chang­ing room. The North East Po­lice His­tory So­ci­ety will be look­ing at crime and pun­ish­ment dur­ing the decade, vis­i­tors can step in­side their po­lice of­fice and see the 50s uni­forms and equip­ment. Dis­cover the plans for Beamish’s po­lice houses and share your mem­o­ries.

Vis­i­tors will also be able to see 1950s ve­hi­cles on dis­play, in­clud­ing a BBC broad­cast­ing bus.

They can ex­plore the NHS health and wel­fare clinic, find out about ma­ter­nity ser­vices in the 1950s and see the wait­ing room. Learn about the devel­op­ment of in­oc­u­la­tions dur­ing the decade with the Sun­der­land branch of the British Po­lio Fel­low­ship So­ci­ety.

Mem­bers of the LGBT His­tory Project NE will be at the event telling the story of les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der her­itage across the North East in the 1950s.

Vis­i­tors can also play bowls, have a go on an old switch­board, see the 1950s kitchen set up, take part in a tea dance and en­joy ex­hi­bi­tions from The North East Mec­cano So­ci­ety.

Crowds en­joy a 50s fes­ti­val at Beamish.

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