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The Thorne 1940’s Weekend Event 2016.

1940’s Weekend – Saturday 7th May Programme of Events

The event starts at 10.30 am with a Parade from the Punchbowl to the Town Centre – The Royal British Legion will be leading the parade adorned with full medals, accompanied by cadets, Sheffield Pipe Band, Classic Cars, Military vehicles, ‘Clipston Silver Wings’ Children’s Jazz band , Green Top School and lots more…….. Everyone is welcome to join the parade in costume
The event will then be officially opened by Field Marshall Armstrong in the Market Place after the parade.

Saturday Daytime Entertainment:

The George Formby Tribute – 12 noon – The Windmill
Marina Mae – 12 noon – Fairgreen Hotel
Lilli de Carlo – 12 noon – The Punchbowl
Woody at War – 40’s DJ – 12 noon – late – White Hart
Jazz Band Display – 12.30pm (approx) – Finkle Street
Body Rockers – 1pm – Own Studio on King Street
The Lady Bugs – 1pm – The Canal Tavern
The George Formby Tribute – 2pm – Willaspoons
Ruby Macintosh – 2pm – The Windmill
– 2pm – The Red Bear
Pin Up Competition – 3pm – White Hart
Lilli de Carlo – 3pm –White Hart
Vintage Vocalist Paula Marie– 3pm – Willaspoons
Kalamazoo 15 piece Dance Band – 3pm – 5.30pm  Tea Dance – The Punchbowl
The George Formby Tribute – 4pm – Fairgreen Hotel
The Lady Bugs – 5pm – Willaspoons

Saturday Evening Entertainment:

Ruby Macintosh – 7pm – The Punchbowl
Airborne Angel & Compare Doodlebug Kev  – 7pm – late – Thorne Democratic Club
Kalamazoo 15 piece Dance Band – 8.30pm – 11pm Big Swing Dance – The Punchbowl
The Lady Bugs – 7.30pm – Fairgreen Hotel
Vintage Vocalist Paula Marie – 7.30pm – The Barge Inn
The George Formby Tribute – 8pm – The Canal Tavern
Lilli de Carlo – 8 pm  – White Hart
Cherie Lawrence – 8pm – The Windmill
Marina Mae – 8pm – The Red Bear
The Land Girls – 9pm – The Canal Tavern
Kalamazoo 15 piece Dance Band – Big Swing Dance – 8.30 – 11pm – The Punchbowl
‘Woody at War’ – 40’s DJ – 12 noon – late – White Hart 

1940’s Weekend – Sunday 8th May Programme of Events 

Sunday Daytime Entertainment:

The Lady Bugs – 11.30am – The White Hart
Marina Mae – 12 noon – Fairgreen Hotel
The Land Girls – 12 noon – The Canal Tavern
Lillie de Carlo – 12 noon – The Punch Bowl
‘Woody at War’ 40’s DJ – 12 noon – late – White Hart
Vintage Vocalist Paula Marie – 12.30pm – The Windmill
Cherie Lawrence  – 1pm – The Red Bear
Ruby Macintosh – 1pm – The Barge Inn
Peter Wayre – 2 pm – White Hart
The Bowker Brothers – 2pm – weather permitting Market Place
Mr Vintage Thorne – 3pm – White Hart
– 3pm – The Canal Tavern
The George Formby Tribute – 3pm – Fairgreen Hotel
The Lady Bugs – 4pm – Willaspoons
Lillie de Carlo – 4pm – The Punch Bowl  

Sunday Evening Entertainment:

The George Formby Tribute – 6pm – Willaspoons
Vintage Vocalist – 7pm – The Canal Tavern
Cherie Lawrence Tribute Act – 7pm – Fairgreen Hotel
Ruby Macintosh – 7.30pm –Willaspoons
The George Formby Tribute – 8pm – The White Hart
Don Gentile– 8pm – The Punch Bowl

Note: all acts, times and days are correct at the time of going to print but may be subject to change.

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This now annual event attracts visitors from far and wide and this year is set to be the best ever! This event grows each year in popularity and visitor numbers and is embraced by the whole community.


Shops and public houses have all embraced the event and want to see you over the weekend. If you really want to get into the spirit of things why not get a new outfit from Something Special, who has taken receipt of their VINTAGE RANGE of dresses. Collette’s Hair Design is ready to give you a 1940’s make-over with hair put ups in VICTORY ROLLS & PIN CURLS to really make you look the part. You will find no cheese RATIONING this weekend unlike the 1940’s, courtesy of The Cheese Basket who will be offering special taster sessions throughout both days of the weekend. Bliss Coffee Shop is really going back to the 40’s, playing music from that era, a hearty menu including Corned Beef pie and are giving you the chance to win a 1940’s hamper with all processed going to Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The Canal Tavern is also getting into the spirit with a 1940’s themed menu to keep you going over the weekend. Adeline House will be reminiscing with their residents and also putting on a menu from 1940’s for them….…In fact please pay a visit to all the shops and businesses in the Thorne area as we don’t think there is anyone not involved and all looking forward to seeing you over this weekend!

There is so much to see and enjoy, you won’t know where to go first, so to try and help you plan your weekend, we have been able to bring you a programme of events so you can see what entertainment is on and where. Why not dress for the occasion in the fashions from the 40’s and really feel part of this prestigious event, taking everyone back in time!

All entertainment is FREE to the public, so come along and enjoy and please donate to the forties weekend !!!!!

We still have spaces for Stalls and attractions.

Simply use our contact form on this page.

Bowker Brothers









The Bowkers are a leading vocal harmony family group. With Justine and her brothers Lukas and Max together with their father Jason. They love to perform many genres of music and will transport you back to the golden era of swing with their classic vocals and harmonies, slick fashion and quick wit. Or to The Royal Opera House and the West End theatres with their renditions of popular show tunes and arias. And for those who want to let their hair down and dance all night they will deliver Soul, Motown and pop classics all night long.Website

Lilli de Carlo

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Beverley provides high quality entertainment, a professional 40’s Swing Tribute singer, actress & former professional dancer. A captivating performer, with a mesmerising voice, bringing you the Big Band Swing sound of the 1940’s/30’s & 50’s, guaranteed to get you foot-tapping, dancing & singing along, to the Swing of those Dance Band Days. A vibrant performer, providing perfect tribute entertainment for 40’s Themed Events, Corporate, Vintage Fairs/Weddings &amp
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Cherie Lawrence







With a strong, rich voice vintage tribute singer, Cherie Lawrence, loves nothing more than singing a torch song from World War II which brings a tear to eyes of her audience but is equally adept at getting a crowd dancing and cheering to World War II vintage classics such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.
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Kalamazoo Dance Band

Appearing Exclusively at the PunchBowl Inn


An excellent 9 piece dance band led by Kal Vaikla (who has successfully played with and led many of the popular big bands across the Midlands and also currently manages Kal’s Kats -jump jive and swing Band)
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The Ladybugs

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After their success at their VE Day concert The Ladybugs will be performing at the Thorne 1940’s Weekend….

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George Formby experience

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Introducing the ‘George Formby Tribute –

Colin Bourdiec, UK’s foremost George Formby Impersonator and ENSAtainer performing on original 1930 ukes, Gibson and Ludwigs.

Reliving the music of George Formby and WW2 Variety artists through ENSA in authentic uniforms to compliment fellow re-enactors.

Colin is one of the only Song and Dance men reliving the age of Variety and Vaudeville.

The Land Girls









We are best friends and we love singing and working together and all of audiences say that it shows through in our performance.
Mixed in with all of the songs from the era are anecdotes, jokes and light hearted banter which keeps the audience smiling and engaged, we encourage everyone to sing along with us, you will be surprised how many of these catchy classics that you know.
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Miss Marina Mae










Known throughout the UK and abroad for her authentic costumes, sparkling stage presence and versatile vocals, Miss Marina Mae’s shows are like being transported back in time to the 1940’s; a time when music brought us together.
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Miss Marina Mae

Vintage Vocalist


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Paula Marie is ‘The Vintage Vocalist’, a unique solo vocal act bringing the music of the 40’s to life! A real treat for 1940s music fans, Paula Marie possesses a rich and beautifully expressive voice that really does hark back to this bygone era! Her performances feature a wonderful selection of music from the time. Including all the traditional wartime favorites and sing-along classics as performed by The Andrews Sisters, Anne Shelton, Gracie Fields and of course Dame Vera Lynn, she’s sure to get everyone joining in and waving their flags in the air!

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Don Gentile









I’ve always been interested in the 1940’s, music, cloths, a time when it was very though during the war, but when we were at our very best, I’ve always been interested by the American airforce, USAAF, they were the 1st Yanks to arrive in England in 1942

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