Gallery: Home Front and Occupied Europe weekend in Essington

Up to 1,000 fans of the 1940s flocked to a Home Front and Occupied Europe weekend in South Staffordshire.

Most were dressed as American, British and even, in a few cases, German military personnel.

Others chose civilian clothes to roll back the years at the Willenhall Rugby Club ground in Bognop Road, Essington. 

A fleet of military vehicles from the era were lined up at the event that also celebrated the imminent 70th anniversary of VE day and included flyovers of the site by a Spitfire and a Dakota.

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There was even a Winston Churchill lookalike – retired bricklayer Bob Burns from Rushall, Walsall – who gave a rousing speech from the clubhouse steps together with both vintage dressmaker and hairdresser able to provide styles from the 40s. 

The group was launched three years ago by Phil Brady, age 60, and 45-year-old wife Sarah from Fordhouses and has become so popular that they moved to the rugby ground because they needed more space.

Mr Brady said: “We fell in love with the era after being taken to a similar gathering by friends. It’s wonderful to enjoy the old fashioned values such as good manners and courtesy.”

His wife added: “There was no similar group in the Wolverhampton area and so we decided to start one up.  And it has proved very popular.”

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