I’ve always been fond of period dramas and inquisitive about the past, I adored the film ‘Land Girls ‘ starring Anna Friel. When my sister suggested a 1940’s weekend to celebrate her hen weekend I jumped at the chance to be involved.
Fore-mostly, a weekend away with the girls would provide a great sense of escapism from my usual position of stay at home mother of 6. Swapping dirty nappies, squabbling children and housework for pearls, tea dresses, red lipstick and a trip into the past seemed like a great idea.
The run up to the weekend has been fun tracking down suitable clothes to wear in keeping with the specific period, scouring second hand/ charity shops and eBay for the ultimate accessories to compliment our 1940’s outfits. I’m lucky enough to have inherited pieces from the era belonging my husbands late Great Aunt. I think she would be pleased to know that I will be wearing them with pride that weekend.
Fun and frivolities aside we will also be gaining a deeper understanding of the sense of history of the time, seeing first hand vehicles ,and displays. Developing an appreciation for our country’s Military services of the past and present and the sacrifices all who serve make for us. The weekend will also generate money and awareness of the Uk’s oldest tri service Military Service SSAFA.
Cottage booked, transport organised and dance classes booked, I’m so excited to take part in. Haworth, Yorkshire , a village steeped in history and far removed from my Scottish hometown. I will be able to see first hand the confectionary delights of ‘Miss Beightons’ sweet shop, perhaps learn more about the Bronte sisters and take a cream tea or two with friends creating memories and having fun.
Weekend bags and vanity cases packed full of fancy forties frocks, fake furs, and glamorous accessories and make up at the ready, I cannot wait for the weekend to arrive. It certainly will be one to remember.