GALLERY: Visitors to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford go back to the forties

The winners and judges of the best dressed competition.

The winners and judges of the best dressed competition. - Credit: Archant

VISITORS to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford got a trip back in time courtesy of the museum’s Back to the Forties event.

People of all ages looked the part as they embodied wartime elegance from head to toe and contributed to the 1940s atmosphere. Visitors met a wide range of wartime characters, both military and home front, including a wartime bobby, Land Army girls, an ARP Warden, a char lady, members of the Home Guard and members of the Royal Air Force.

There were performances of those wonderfully recognisable wartime classic songs which got visitors up and dancing on the hangar base as vintage aircraft took off from the historic airfield behind. The singing performances were complemented by a DJ playing swing classics.

There were Ministry of Food talks and demonstrations, suggesting innovative ways to help eak out the ration to feed the family healthy and filling meals, as well as a display and talks about ‘Fashion on the Ration ‘ and how to look elegant despite clothing coupons and shortages.

The Cambs and Beds Lindy Experience showed how to really cut a rug on the dancefloor with lindy and jitterbug demonstrations, and then got the audience up to have a go at some 1940s dances themselves.

There was a sombre moment as Prime Minister Winston Churchill took to the stage to give his rousing speeches.

This was followed by the final judging of the best dressed competition, where the most dapper chap and glamorous lady were awarded the accolade.

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As the event closed, the dancing and wartime music was still continuing on the hangar base in true Blitz spirit.