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A look ahead to Grassington's first 1940s weekend

PUBLISHED: 18:09 28 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:48 20 February 2013

A look ahead to Grassington's first 1940s weekend

A look ahead to Grassington's first 1940s weekend

The Yorkshire Dales village of Grassington travels back to a time of war and a unique community spirit

Organisers of Grassingtons first 1940s weekend wanted to somehow mark the sacrifices people made during World War II and were inspired by other 1940s commemorations in the not-so-far-away town of Haworth.

It was a time when, through adversity, people pulled together for the common good, said Mara Melham. The weekend will provide an opportunity to educate our children and to let them actively take part in an exciting and entertaining re-enactment of this period.

Grassington is a lovely picturesque village in the Yorkshire Dales. The village with its cobble stoned streets lends itself incredible well to this event.

The old-fashioned setting of the market square with its lovely unique shops is the perfect location.

So everyone, dig out your ration books, dust off your dancing shoes, dress up and come along for a fabulous weekend.

Among the guests at the weekend is Frank Stone was shot down at the aged 18 during a bombing raid over Mannheim on August 8th, 1940 and was taken prisoner of war, eventually finishing up in the North Compound of Stalag Luft III in Sagan, Germany.

He lived in Hut 104 at the camp, the site of the successful tunnel Harry, and is able to give a first hand account of the planning, organisation and operation of the escape of 76 RAF prisoners.

He has given talks about his prison camp experiences for 30 years raising many thousands of pounds for a variety of good causes. But his main reason for recalling these days is to keep alive the memory of his friends and comrades of The Great Escape.

Frank returned to Sagan in March 2009 for the 65th anniversary of the breakout. During that time he was filmed for his part in Kate Humbles Who Do You Think You Are? when he talked about the Long March, which took place as the Russian advance closed on the camp in January 1945.

Grassington 1940s Weekend timetable

Friday, September 21st
Lindy Hop dance with Shack Shaking Jack and licensed bar at the Devonshire Institute at the top of the Main Street, tickets are 5 per person and can be bought in advance.

Saturday, September 22nd
Military vehicles and classic cars will be positioned around the village, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park car park, Hebden Road, in Grassington Square, at the top of Main Street and in the car park behind the Devonshire Institute.A military camp will be set up in the picnic area of the national park car park and military re-enactments will be performed.

A selection of stalls selling 1940s-style products will be set up around the village.

Free entertainment will take place around the village during the day.

Frank Stone gives a personal account of The Great Escape during a talk at Grassington Village Hall at 3:00 pm.

Big Band Night with DJ Shack Shaking Jack and licensed bar will be at Grassingtons Devonshire Institute at the top of the main street, tickets (not yet available) at only 12.50 per person including supper can be purchased in advance.


Sunday 23rd September 2012
Military vehicles and classic cars will be positioned around the village, in the national park car park at on Hebden Road, in Grassington Square, at the top of Main Street and in the car park behind the Devonshire Institute.

A military camp will be set up in the picnic area of the national park car park and military re-enactments will be performed.

A selection of stalls selling 1940s-style products will be set up around the village.

Free entertainment will take place around the village during the day.

Find more information on grassington1940sweekend.co.uk

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