Listen to the whole event live on the internet with TMCR radio

Read about our event live on the internet on Thorne Times Website

This popular and ever growing event is almost here, attracting visitors from far and wide, with numbers increasing each year – it has been embraced by the whole community!

Shops and public houses have also all embraced the event and would love to see you over the weekend. If you really want to get into the spirit of things why not dress for the occasion of the 1940’s era, get your Victory Rolls & Pin Curls ready and not forgetting your bright red lipstick and pencil line down the back of your leg – The Makeup Shop on FinkleStreet is perfect for these products!

You will find no RATIONING this weekend unlike the 1940’s, courtesy of Morani’s Gelato Ice Cream Parlour who will be offering their usual delicious range of home-made ice cream, along with afternoon tea, cakes and they are even throwing a street party to get you in the mood.

Bliss Coffee Shop is really going back to the 40’s, playing music from that era, a hearty menu including Corned Beef pie and other favourites from the era. 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. Get your glad rags on in the fashions from the 40’s and really feel part of this prestigious event, taking everyone back in time!

On Saturday 13th May the event starts at 10.30am with a Parade from The Punch Bowl Inn. The Royal British Legion will be leading the parade adorned with full medals, accompanied by cadets, Sheffield Pipe Band, Vintage vehicles, Classic Cars, Trikers and lots more…….. Everyone is welcome to join the parade in costume.

The event will then be officially opened by a Royal British Legion veteran and Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones after the parade in the Market Place.

There is a GRAND TOWN RAFFLE with some superb prizes up for grabs – tickets are on sale at The Thorne Times office on King Street and over the weekend around town and at the info hub at the OAP Centre.

All the Information about the event can be found at The OAP Centre which is the mainhub on Church Street, all event members with have lanyards with pics on, the pubs are assisting with rest areas with disabled access etc…or visit: www.bestofthorne.co.uk for regular updates.

 

Friday 12th May Programme of Events

Cherie Lawrence – 8pm – The Punchbowl Inn
Major Swing & Kitty – 8pm – Thorne Democratic
Rum & Cola Girls – 8pm – The Canal Tavern

Take the kids back in time to the 1940’s – Kiddies games, fancy dress with prizes to be won!   5pm Onwards – Thornensians RUFC

Harlequin Friday 12th
Live entertainment 1940’s and modern mixed (will let you know who and send you artwork asap)
Sat 13th may Bouncy castle, Disco, face painting and children’s fancy dress competition.
12pm – 6pm 7pm onwards for the grown ups Kareoki disco and 1940 fancy dress competition

 

Saturday 13th May Programme of Events

Saturday Daytime Entertainment:

The Land Girls – 1pm – Exclusively at The Fairgree Hotel
Marina Mae – 1pm – The Punch Bowl Inn
Lizzy Lady Bug – 1pm – The Red Bear
Major Swing & Kitty – 1pm – Thorne Democratic
Johnny Victory – 1pm – The Canal Tavern
Ruby McIntosh – 1pm – The Old Vault
George Formby Experience – 1pm – Exclusively to Willaspoon
Paula Marie – 1.30pm – The OAP Centre
Don Gentile – 3pm -The Windmill

Thorne Pin Up and Mr Vintage competition – 2pm– The Old Vault

AXIS ALLIED – WWII Re-enactment group providing WWII living history museum displays, mobile military museum, Vintage vehicles plus…the French Resistance! All Day – Thorensians RUFC

 

Saturday Evening Entertainment:

Ruby McIntosh – 6pm – Willaspoons
Marina Mae – 8pm – The Punchbowl Inn
The Land Girls – 8pm – Fairgreen Hotel- Exclusively at TheFairgreen Hotel
Johnny Victory – 8pm – Fairgreen Hotel
George Formby Tribute (Colin Bourdiec) – 8pm – The Windmill
Cherie Lawrence – 8pm – The Red Bear
Major Swing & Kitty – 8pm – Thorne Democratic
The Bowker Brothers – 8pm – Thorne Democratic
Vintage Vocalist…Paula Marie – 8pm – The Canal Tavern
The Rum & Cola Girls and Don Gentile from 8.30pm – The Barge Inn (Stanilands Marina)

 

Sunday 14th May Programme of Events

Sunday Daytime Entertainment:

Johnny Victory – 1pm– The Old Vault
The Bowker Brothers – 1pm – The Punchbowl Inn
Don Gentile– 1pm – Fairgreen Hotel
The Land Girls – 1pm – The Red Bear
Major Swing & Kitty – 1pm – Thorne Democratic
George Formby Tribute (Colin Bourdiec) – 2pm – Thorne Democratic
1940’s Entertainer TBC – 1pm – Thornensians RUFC
Ruby McIntosh – 3pm – The Windmill
Marina Mae – 1pm – The Canal Tavern
Lizzy Lady Bug – 1pm – The Barge Inn (Stanilands Marina)

AXIS ALLIED – WWII Re-enactment group providing WWII living history museum displays, mobile military museum, Vintage vehicles plus…the French Resistance! All Day – Thorensians RUFC

AXIS ALLIED – WWII Re-enactment group providing WWII living history museum displays, mobile military museum, Vintage vehicles plus…the French Resistance!Stationed at Thorensians RUFC all weekend long – a very educational and fun way of learning about WWII for children!

There will be stalls in the Red Bear car park, in the Church Hall, at the hub OAP Centre, Church Street and in the Market Place with a selection of memorabilia.

Market Placethere will be candy floss, 2 x motorbike runners WRVS and ARP and vintage vehicles plus the Royal British Legion, plus lots of vintage stalls and Army surplus stalls.   Guest appearances of vintage entertainers for your entertainment.

The Green – Fun fair

The OAP Centre – THE HUBSaturday 1.30pm

The vintage vocalist Paula Marie, plus there are vintage stalls, crafts,  raffle tickets on sale to win a 32inch flat screen TV kindly donated by Screetons Estate Agents and other prizes donated by local businesses.
Pontefract Home Guards – will be in attendance all weekend at the OAP Centre all weekend

Bomber Harris will be visiting venues throughout town during the 1940’s weekend to give talks about memories of Lindholme and history of the war.

St Nicholas Church – 11am – Sunday 14th May – There will be a Remembrance parade which will leave St Nicholas Church car park into Thorne town centre led by a Piper, The Pontefract Home Guard’s, The Royal British Legion and The Sheffield Pipe band.

There will be a live broadcast by TMCR radio all weekend, a best dressed shop window competition, lots of military vehicles and classic cars are expected to join in the fun.

 

1940s Trolleyday– Vintage Bus Trip – SUNDAY 14th May ONLY

Enjoy a Vintage Bus trip – courtesy of the Sandtoft Trolley Bus Museum!
A FREE shuttle bus will operate from The Kings Chamber on the hour from 11am till 3pm and will pick up at Thorne Park bus stop, taking people to the Trolley Bus Museum at Sandtoft, and return journey back to Thorne.

 

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

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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

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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

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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

George Formby Tribute

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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.
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The Land Girls

 

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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

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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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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

 

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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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