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Swing Back to The Forties

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Event blog written by our young volunteer Aiden:

When I walked through the gates of the museum, I felt like I had actually travelled back in time to
the forties. There were people wearing old fashioned clothes like old police and military uniforms; people were singing old fashioned songs and others were dancing to them. There were also old fashioned cars like ‘Austins’ and old ‘Willys jeeps’ from the war.

Inside the museum was a lady who was telling people about the rations and how it all worked using the ration book to get a certain amount of food and using coupons to get extra items like biscuits
and things that weren’t necessities. This diet was actually quite healthy as there was little junk food to eat because it was just the essentials that an individual was allowed for their diet.

Also in the museum was another lady making some rugs that were originally used in nearly every room in the house! These were no normal rugs; these were rag rugs were made of small strips of
material through a large piece of material. This was a popular thing to do as it was satisfying and cheap to do for mostly women in the war.

Furthermore, there were old wedding dresses and some were actually illegal back in the forties because
they were made of parachute silk and that was something that was needed in the forties for the war, but people used it to make their dress. With the wedding dresses there were headpieces to go with them which sat in the woman’s hair and they had small wax flowers on them for decoration. Most wedding dresses were simple because it was a law that people could only have a certain amount of pleats and decorations on the dress as there was only limited supplies, also because of this law, you could not have any excess material on clothing like turn ups of trousers.

After some singing and dancing, a Churchill impersonator stood up to the microphone to say a speech
about the war.  After Churchill spoke Johnny Victory stood up to the microphone and began to sing old songs from the time and a lot of people knew these songs as they are played so much even now. Johnny was a great singer and a lot of people danced along to his songs having a great time in memory of this period.

Many people of all ages came to the event to experience what it was like to live in the forties.

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