Saturday, 25 July 2015
The First Day
The sun is shining and the town is absolutely bursting at the seams. The forecast for tomorrow is not so good, but if it is all downhill after today I am sure it will be judged a success.
We (friend W and I) were down early and found places for our usual scone and coffee. The childrens' roundabout was going, the 1940's music was playing, men and women in uniforms of all kinds were parading up and down - there was a tremendous atmosphere with everyone so friendly. All the cafes were full to bursting (almost all have tables out into the market square) and every table was full. Two old wartime busses were tootling about, several steam engines had steam up and gave off that glorious smell, and there were also one or two old lorries from that time.
A space had been cleared in the square and when the dance music came on couples were be-bopping like mad, all adding to the occasion. Lots of people had brought their dogs so that all kinds of dogs were wandering about with their owners. It was a really jolly atmosphere and everyone seemed willing to chat. A little group obviously intending to be Frenchmen (berets, striped shirts and the like), a Frenchwoman (tres chic) bopping on the dance 'floor', stalls selling 1940's undies and stockings with seams, stalls selling fox furs and dresses (£85 each if you want one), mens' hats and jackets. It is all taken very seriously.
Here are some photographs - they were taken quickly, none of them posed, so that often people got in the way, but I do hope they give you a taste of a jolly Saturday a la 1940.