Friends of the Forties Spring Retro Fair

The mighty Friends Of The Forties are once again putting on their Spring Fair on Sunday 7th April 2013 at Nantwich Civic Hall.

If you haven’t heard of Friends of the Forties allow us to elaborate. Around the mid 1990’s a group of like minded individuals who knew one another from attending historical weekends and military vehicle parades around the country began to put on small functions. These quickly grew in popularity and soon enough ladies were researching forties style dress and the men attending wore military or civilian de-mob suits and trilby hats.

Performers and DJ’s with a forties sound filled the dance floor and number of dance teachers started to pop up specialising in the dance style of the forties which was generally lindy-hop and its variant the Jitterbug. Once seen these dances you were hooked, you wanted to learn. The dancing adds a whole new dimension to Friends of the Forties events, with a full dance floor at 7.30pm a regular occurrence.

The events have gradually grown bigger and bigger to the extent where whole villages are taken over. This brings much needed business and revenue for the local communities, with tea rooms, B&B’s, hotels, pubs and restaurants and everyone getting into the spirit of things. Some of the larger events such as Pickering in North Yorkshire attract crowds in excess of 20,000 people. These numbers also allow them to fundraise for today’s troops and most f the events have some sort of fundraising element to them.

So if this all sounds right up your street get yourself along to the Nantwich Civic Hall on 7th April. Expect music from the 1930’s through to the 1950’s, dance demonstrations and classic cars. There’s a Fully Licensed Bar and afternoon teas available too, as well as vintage stalls selling fashions, homewares and collectibles. Bands such as Debonaires, Rockabilly Fever and Sticky Wicket will also be entertaining the crowds.


If you cant make the Fair in April but would love to get involved or find out more then you could always pop along to the social and informal get-togethers which take place every 3rd Thursday of the Month at The Victoria Club, Victoria Avenue, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, CW4 7BE.

Friends of the Forties Retro Fair, £3 entry (Free admission for children under 14yrs, accompanied by an adult.Free admission for Serving Members of the Armed Services, with Identity Card)



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