Haworth 1940s WeekendSusannah Walbank
Haworth 1940s weekend is an annual celebration and continues to grow, attracting an increasing number of visitors. This famous local event proudly raises money for SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) and other local charities. The weekend usually follows a theme, with this year’s being ‘airborne’ to commemorate the bravery of the airborne forces.
In fact there are many activities throughout the weekend including evening dances, the land army parade, a Spitfire flypast as well as many food, drink and gift stalls in the park.
Every year, Wyedean, Skipton Properties and Airedale Springs open up their carparks to accommodate some of the 25,000 visitors per day. This year the car park managed to park 600 cars per day, which was helped by Skipton Properties rolling some of the land to increase the number of available spaces. The car park was split into two sections: £5 to park at the back for the day and £10 for the premium spaces at the front of the mill for more convenient spaces.We’d like to thank those who opted to park in the premium spaces, knowing full-well that the money raised went to charity.
Staff and friends of Wyedean volunteered over the weekend to help direct the cars, with 15 volunteers split between directing traffic, collecting money and selling event programmes.
The Picture Post magazine is available throughout the weekend and gives details and times of the many fun and interesting events as well as showing their locations on a handy map. We managed to sell 340 programmes this year to people parking in the car park and passing by.
In fact this year we set a new record when we managed to raise £7,309 which was well above last year’s total of £6,367. Year upon year the event’s popularity continues to grow with many visitors coming back for a return visit. In fact over the past 4 years we have helped raise approximately £23,000.
The car park was full to capacity both days before noon and we then managed to park a further 150 vehicles each day as spaces became available again.