Monday, 20 May 2013

Wuthering Heights at Haworth

It's May, and that means that the Haworth 1940's event has arrived again.  Readers of the blog will remember my post from last year, and the picture posted of me walking up the deserted Main Street.  This year's starting photo is definitely a different image...

Dexi - Haworth 1940's weekend 2013
Yes, sadly along with Haworth's vintage event arriving, so did the rain - not that it's particularly been away yet this year.  It was certainly busier than usual at this time of the day, though, and the marked difference shows when comparing the two pictures.  I still made it to Cobbles And Clay for some breakfast before braving the light rain for a first wander around the shops and stalls.  By mid-morning, though, the light rain, as predicted on the weather forecasts, had turned heavy, and the coachloads of tourists found any haven they could to shelter from the downpour - mainly, it appeared, under the roof of the Church Hall where the vintage stalls were.  The crowds, pushed and jammed together, were strangely reminiscent of those photos of The Blitz during the World War Two, which would have been a great photograph if only this bunch had been better dressed.  I won't go back down that route of discussion, however, as I think I've said something similar before.

By lunchtime, thankfully, the heavy rain had eased off somewhat, and allowed the tourists and re-enactors to go about their usual business - the re-enactors (I'll call us/them that for want of a better phrase) enjoying the camaraderie, mutual appreciation of other's uniforms and outfits, and the tourists pointing and taking pictures.

Dexi - Haworth 1940's weekend 2013
To try and avoid the crowds jammed onto the cobbled Main Street, a feature of these events for last few years, there was also a collection of stalls and entertainment down in the main park, in the hope of enticing people away from the busy street area.  It would have worked better if only the ground hadn't got so waterlogged from the rain - high heels and rain-soaked mud don't mix very well, as I found out whilst having a Macallan whiskey in the beer tent that was set up in the park.  I also managed to join a friend for a few drinks in The Golden Fleece on the Main Street, where we both decided that one of the GI's was very definitely worth closer, er, 'inspection'.  He was slightly overawed and left a little defenceless by our strong flanking attack, but clearly decided retreat was the better part of valour.  GI and Tonic, indeed.  He did give me his number, though - but I have to report there has been no American penetration into the decisive area just yet.

This year there was also a replica Spitfire (the real one appeared on the Sunday for a brief fly-past), and of course the parade down Main Street.  The parade has been a regular occurrence of the event, but this year's was a little shorter than usual - I think some were still hiding from the weather!

Another thing that doesn't change however, is the opportunity of a gratuitous stocking photo - just for you, of course...

Dexi - Haworth 1940's weekend 2013
Saturday evening saw me heading over to Keighly to my hotel in order to change outfit.  This year I had decided to attend one of the village's dances - and I had a lovely evening at the Haworth Community Centre listening to the big-band sounds of Glenn Miller, etc.  Haworth by night, even on the busy 1940's weekend, is a very different affair, and very, very lovely in it's tranquil Main Street.

Dexi - Haworth 1940's weekend 2013
Sunday morning saw me back at Cobbles And Clay for breakfast, and ready to do it all again - the only difference being that Sunday at least promised better weather.  And so it was - the sun even coming out by early afternoon and warming the town very nicely.  Even the morning felt more mild - I left my thick wool suit in my (vintage) case and donned my vintage light-weight blue summer suit instead.  Also out early were the photographers, and even trying to get to Cobbles And Clay for breakfast was an obstacle course where I was asked to pose alongside houses and cars whilst they snapped away.

Dexi - Haworth 1940's weekend 2013
I usually don't mind posing for pictures (hey, steady on at the back - I'm not talking about those kind of pictures!), but later on when sat trying to have a cup of tea later on I was faced with camera lenses stuck in my face which was not only rather disconcerting but also downright rude. 

The better weather also brought out more entertainment for the masses - Paul Harper and colleagues keeping the troops happy in the Park, and other singers dotted around the town providing more music for the crowds.

Dexi - Haworth 1940's weekend 2013
As mentioned earlier, there was a Spitfire flypast around midday.  I didn't quite get to see it as I was drinking wine at the time, and my rather squiffy photo didn't quite come out as planned - I think I was concentrating on not spilling the wine instead.  Oh well, I'm sure I'll see it again at the Goodwood Revival!  There was also another parade on the Sunday, and guess what - yes, in the lovely sunshine, the parade was back to it's full strength. 

By 5.00pm it was time to head back home, tired, a little footsore, a bit less money in the purse but more great memories.  Oh, and I even got a lovely picture which will be next week's Picture Of The Week.  Speaking of which, this week's is a rather odd affair.  A friend (she shall remain nameless!) bought me a can of the featured 'energy drink', as she knows I like the taste of, well, you'll have to have a look at Gallery Page on my website to find out.  I have to confess, though, having tasted the drink, I much prefer the 'natural' version!

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