PICTURE GALLERY: Fabulous ’40s in swing at Woodhall Spa festival

“An outstanding success.” That’s how organisers described this year’s Woodhall Spa 40s Festival amid estimates it attracted 10,000 visitors.

Months of planning paid off in spectacular style as crowds packed into the village for the two day event last weekend.

Gerard Bauer with his working 1940s camera EMN-140721-134330001

Gerard Bauer with his working 1940s camera EMN-140721-134330001

Spokesman Graham Keegan said: “It could not have gone any better. It was an outstanding success and we think the crowds were double those of last year.

“If that’s the case, it means between eight and ten thousand people attended which is absolutely amazing.”

In just three years, the Festival has become one of the most successful of its kind in the entire country.

There was a packed programme of events taking in just about every available site in Woodhall Spa - from Jubilee Park to local woodland.

Various ‘live’ concerts and dances were booked out weeks in advance and other attractions were a big hit with visitors.

Mr Keegan added: “The feedback we’ve had has been amazing. There really was something for everyone - young and old.

“It was also great to see so many people join in the spirit of things by wearing 40’s style costumes.”

Not surprisingly, such a massive attendance delivered a much needed boost to the local economy.

Hotels, guest houses, campsites and restaurants were booked up long before the weekend and tills were ringing merrily at local shops and cafes.

On Sunday, in particular, cars were parked on the main road, stretching back towards Horncastle for more than a mile.

Mr Keegan explained: “We were a bit concerned about the weather but apart from one downpour on Saturday lunchtime, it was fine.

“Businesses were very busy. There were queues at a lot of shops and stalls.

“People travelled from all over the country - and even from as far away as Switzerland.”

Organisers are not about to rest on their laurels.

Mr Keegan said: “We’re already starting to plan next year’s festival - and people are already talking about coming back.

“In fact, I know hotels and camp sites have already started taking bookings and stall holders are booking their place. It’s tremendous.”

*The 2015 Festival will be held on July 18 and 19 and the theme will be the 70th anniversary of victory in Europe.