The annual Haworth 1940s weekend this year took place between Friday the 19th of May and Sunday the 21st of May. This famous annual event sees Haworth transformed into a traditional World War II version of itself with locals and visitors dressing in 1940s attire to celebrate and commemorate the war, but to also help raise money for Armed Forces and local charities. This year’s chosen charity was the Pilgrim Bandits Charity, which was formed by veterans of the Special Forces in order to inspire wounded soldiers to live life to its fullest, in spite of often dreadful injuries. To date, the 1940s weekend has raised almost £100,000 for charities. 2016’s focus was on the strategic importance of the airborne forces, while 2017’s theme was on the contribution made by Special Forces. The 1940s weekend attracts over 25,000 visitors a day but this year, however, due to the wet weather, the footfall on Saturday was significantly reduced. 2017 is the final year that Wyedean will be able to open up its carpark for the weekend due to forthcoming developments but many thanks go to Skipton Properties and Airedale Springs who allowed the use of a huge space in front and behind the mill. This year Wyedean volunteers and friends of Wyedean managed to park over 975 cars across the two days and raised £5,675 for the Pilgrim Bandits and other local charities. £800 of the total amount was from the selling of programmes, while on Sunday the carpark was full to capacity and we had to turn people away. Well done to all who helped to make this year’s 1940s Weekend a huge success. Visit our store to buy your military accessories ready for next year.
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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row] Well done to all who helped to make this year’s 1940s Weekend a huge success. Visit our store to buy your military accessories ready for next year.