THIS YEAR OUR PARADE IS TO CELEBRATE THE WAR TIME SPIRIT, THE COMRADERY,
THE MAKE DO AND MEND ATTITUDE, WITH THE STRUGGLES AND HARDSHIPS BOTH SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL MADE BY OUR COMMUNITIES DURING THE WAR YEARS
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
Saturday 13th May Programme of Events
Saturday Daytime Entertainment:
Saturday Evening Entertainment:
Sunday 14th May Programme of Events
Sunday Daytime Entertainment:
There will be stalls in the Red Bear car park, in the Church Hall, at the
Market Place –
The Green –
The OAP Centre – THE HUB – Saturday 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 !!!!!