The sun shone and crowds turned out in record numbers as organisers of the Woodhall Spa 1940’s Festival have hailed the event as a ‘massive success.’
More than 10,000 attended packed into the village for the two-day event at the weekend - confirming Woodhall’s position as the premier 40’s Festival in the country.
Simon Elmer, chairman of the organising committee: “It’s been fantastic to see quite how many people have not only come along but just how much everyone has really got into the spirit.
“So many people dressed up in 40’s costume which really added to the feel of the festival. “You could really feel a genuine buzz around the whole village and it comes from more than about it being so busy.
“People were having a wonderful time appreciating our lovely village and this special event.”
There were reports of traffic problems and Mr Elmer promised all the feedback would be taken into account as part of the planning process for next year.
He added: “Despite a great deal of work and cost to manage the flow of traffic, we did experience some challenges with visitors leaving their cars in unsuitable places and not using the designated car parks, but this gives us a challenge to overcome next year.
“But overall, it’s been a massive success and our committee can only claim responsibility for part of that.
“All of the local businesses have fully thrown themselves into the theme and the place looked great because of it.#
“I’d like to thank them – as well as our committee m,embers - for being so supportive and committed to making this weekend a universal success.”
The Festival opened at 10am on Saturday 18th with a remembrance service in St Andrew’s Churchyard.
After taking the time to remember those who fought and died during World War II, as well as those who toiled on the British home front, attention switched to the array of attractions.
The line-up included vintage and military vehicle displays, singers and dancers, the Battle
of Britain Memorial Flight display and wartime re-enactments.
Mr Elmer said the village was packed with enthusiasts, families, vintage fashion fans and proud locals.
He added: “All of the village’s hotels, B&Bs, campsites, shops, cafes and restaurants benefitted from the throng of visitors as did the trade stall vendors based throughout the centre of the village and Jubilee Park.”
Some early showers on Sunday failed to dampen the spirits and were luckily short lived.
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East Lindsey District Council leader Craig Leyland summed up the general feeling when he said: “Congratulations to all involved with the Festival.
“A great success for Woodhall Spa bringing in thousands of visitors who enjoyed a great event. Well done!”
Pensioner Joan Littlewood said she attended both days and added: “It was brilliant. There was so much to see and do. I can’t wait for next year.”
Her great-granddaughter Ellie (9) said: “I really enjoyed it. I was never bored. My favourites were the singers and the dancers. They were really good.
“I also learned about what happened in the war.”
On top of the multitude of things to see and do, the organising committee also presented a number of “Best in Show” prizes to village businesses and exhibits.
The winners included: Best Dressed Window – Optiks Opticians; Best Dressed Staff – MGR Guns; Best Period Menu – The Village Limits.
Details on 2016’s event will be announced later this year.