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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.