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Padiham salutes 1940s with parade

The second Padiham on Parade took place in the town centre on Saturday and Sunday.

Organised by armed forces veterans, residents came out to see people dressed as nurses, soldiers and more from the Second World War period.

Sandra Eastwood, 54, from Hapton said: Im lost for words.

Its just a great show for the whole family that theyve got on offer today.

Its wonderful, its quite a sight to see it all.

A highlights included a Ballroom Blitz Dance party on Saturday night, with lots of jiving and 1940s fun, along with live themed music.

A selection of classic 1940s vehicles were also on show.

Dave Salisbury, from the South Cumbria North Lancashire Military Vehicle Trust, came dressed in full vintage soldier uniform.

He said: I was at the event last year and Ive been to these sort of days all around the country, its just a great day out.

Weve been doing these sort of events for 17 years.

Its just a nice relaxing atmosphere.

Guests also go to enjoy a variety of stalls and fairground rides.

David Taylor, 78, from Padiham, said: I lived through the war myself and it was a horrible time.

People have to be careful they dont glorify the war, but youve got to respect the army and the work they do.

Its a great day for Padiham, and you keep finding something new around every corner.

Beverley Richards, who runs the Floral Designs shop in Burnley Road, said: I think its all a positive for the town.

Its definitely a good thing and it needs everyone to support it.

All the shops are in the spirit of things as well, its an exciting day.

The event tied in with National Arms Forces Day on Saturday.


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27th June 2017, 12:18
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