1940’s night

1940's dressing up competition winners
1940's dressing up competition winners

Story & photos: John Mellor

A lively and enjoyable family evening was held at St Peter's Ellesmere as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations. It took the form of a family "40's Night", attended by nearly 80 people of all ages between 1 and 96.

The comperes for the evening were Ian and Sheilagh Hartley of GI Jive in Brooklands, Manchester.

They are professional dance teachers and both performed themselves and taught us the Okey Kokey, St Bernard's Waltz, Lindy Hop, Style Jive and other 1940's dances with great enthusiasm. Young and old joined in together and there were also topical games for the children, such as "pin the roundel on the Spitfire" and "pass the parcel".

After all this exercise everyone had a healthy appetite for the food which followed. Each person was issued with a replica war-time 'ration book' for the meal which reflected food available in the 1940s. There was an appetising homemade meat and potato pie with mushy peas and gravy followed by jelly and ice cream.

Guests had the option of turning up in 1940's style clothing and there were some imaginative creations which were entered into a competition, judged by Ian and Sheilagh.

Archive posters ('From the Home Front') on the walls reflected the seriousness of the war-time threat to the country with captions such as 'Join the ATS (Auxilliary Territorial Service)', 'Auxilliary Firemen Wanted' . 'ARP (Air Raid Protection) - Serve to Save', 'Use spades not ships - grow your own food'.

Ann Gilbert (96) lived in Lyons Street in 1940 when a bomb landed near her house but failed to explode. Commenting on the 1940's event, she said, "It was a wonderful evening and brought back many memories".

Logged in users of the website can add comments to this page.
Login to this site if you'd like to add a comment. Sign-up for an account if you are not currently a member.

<< | Up | >>

Print version

The content on this page was added to the website by Chris Blythe on 2010-11-28 22:32:48.
The content of the page was last modified by Jamie Marriott on 2010-11-29 16:26:24.

Follow us on Twitter @TheBMessenger

All content is copyright © Burngreave Messenger Ltd. or its voluntary contributors, unless otherwise stated, not to be reproduced without permission. If you have any comments, or are interested in contributing to the Messenger and getting involved, please contact us.

Burngreave Messenger Ltd. Abbeyfield Park House, Abbeyfield Road, Sheffield S4 7AT.
Telephone: 0114 242 0564. Email: mail@burngreavemessenger.org
Company Limited by Guarantee: 04642734
Registered Charity: 1130836

The Burngreave Messenger is a community newspaper with editorial independence, funded by the Big Lottery, Foyle Foundation, Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Scurrah Wainwright Charity, local residents and our advertisers.

Help the Messenger with a donation