DESPITE having rain for the first time ever, organisers have said the Grassington 1940s Weekend was still a “screaming success”.

The weekend, which was held Friday, September 14, to Sunday, September 16, was packed full of activities.

Friday night featured a full night of 1940’s style entertainment, hosted by York Vintage Dance Group.

There were performances by the Vocal Harmony Trio, The Alka Seltzer Sisters and The Rhythm Exchange Band, all supported by DJ Rosie.

On Saturday and Sunday, visitors and villagers were given a chance to ride vintage buses, where they were taken back in time to see vintage market stalls, military displays, military vehicle and re-enactor camps.

In the village itself, visitors and local residents, some dressed in 1940’s clothing, walked around the cobbled streets while hearing the sounds of the 1940s.

There was dancing in the streets, and on Saturday evening there was a town hall dance to the popular Echo 42 Big Band, supported by DJ Shack Shakin Jack.

John Benson, chairman of the Grassington 1940s Weekend committee, said: “Saturday was a screaming success. The weather stayed fine for us.

“There was rain on Sunday, but we had live entertainment on at least eight different venues,” said Mr Benson.

“This was our seventh Grassington 1940s Weekend, but it was the first one that had rain. It was still great as people had a good time.”

He also said that on Sunday, the Rev Peter Thomas led a remembrance service and there was a parade down the street from Grassington Town Hall.

“I’d like to thank all of the volunteers for making this weekend such a success,” said Mr Benson, who also thanked sponsors Yorkshire Cottages, Skipton Hire Centre and Dales Dairy for supporting the event.

The Grassington 1940s committee has already met to start planning for the 2019 event.

If anyone would like to volunteer for next year’s event, please see John Benson at the Craft Shop, Julia at the Flower Loft or visit the website at