Oh what a lovely war!

Children take part in the War Weekend at St Barnabas Church.Hightown.
Children take part in the War Weekend at St Barnabas Church.Hightown.

PATRIOTIC Hightown folk rolled back the years to commemorate Britain in the 1940s during a war-weekend.

St Barnabas Church hosted the event with talks, music, kids’ workshops and re-enactments over the three days.

It was opened on Friday night by Russ Petcher, an extra in the film The King’s Speech, which was followed by a talk from historian Philip Tordoff about wartime in the Spen Valley and some war-time music.

On Saturday there was a children’s workshop where they made flags and crosses. There were also displays of uniforms, equipment and firearms and a live firing display by the Northern World War II Re-enactment Society.

Visitors tucked into food traditionally eaten during the war and there was a sing-along with Peter Greenwood.

The weekend ended with a Remembrance service on Sunday.

Joan Atkinson, one of the organisers said: “It was a brilliant weekend, everyone really entered into the spirit of it. Many thanks to everyone who came along and supported it.”