Saturday, 18 October 2014

Sequins And Stockings... Part 2

Unlike last year, I haven't managed to attend any 1940's events through the summer.  This weekend saw the last of the year's main 1940's weekends in the lovely North Yorkshire town of Pickering, and knowing it was going to be the last chance to catch up with retro-minded friends, I made a determined effort to visit.

 It was a very early start from Manchester at 8.00am, which felt even earlier than usual considering I didn't get to bed until nearly 2.00am after the trip to Blackpool.  So, stockings and heels on, and a vintage coat over my dress to keep the early chill away, I managed to be ready for my companions to collect me.  It was a slow start to the journey, as there are currently endless 50mph limits on sections of the M60 and M62 motorways, along with thick banks of fog on the day of travel, but Pickering was finally reached at 10.00am as planned.  A decision to park at the Pickering showground was to be firstly, a poor choice, and secondly, bloody annoying.  The website showed 'Free Entry' - yes it was, as long as you paid £8 to park your car.  The Park and Ride scheme which offered travel between the showground and the town was free, though.  Oh, except for the £1 each way, which, for those who were camping for the whole weekend, made it somewhat more costly than expected.  I don't begrudge paying my way, but it all seemed a little underhand - the organisers should be truthful about costs - these events have to be paid for, but please don't pretend that something is free when it clearly is not.

The early morning mist was still enveloping the showground when we arrived, which gave a rather eerie appearance to the (so far) uncrowded morning.  Just in sight, away from the main path, a WW2 tank sat brooding in the quiet mist, whilst its crew readied it for the day.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Pickering 1940's Weekend 2014
The stroll over to the main arena revealed lots more military vehicles and equipment - the showground would be hosting all of the re-enactments later that day, and it really did seem that an army had invaded.  Without the push and noise of the crowds, it really was quite spectacular in its stillness and detail.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Pickering 1940's Weekend 2014
The main hall at the showground had a vintage fair, and I still had a look around even though I have more than enough vintage clothing.  There were a few more vehicles on display at the main hall, and plenty of food and refreshments on offer.  Feeling somewhat peckish, I was tempted by a small refreshment tent that offered a veggie sausage sandwich and hot tea and seating to eat them in comfort.  Fabulous.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Pickering 1940's Weekend 2014
I decided then to make my way into Pickering town itself.  Away from the cold rising mist of the showground, the sun was out in force on a lovely October day.  The town was buzzing with re-enactors and visitors.  A brass band played in the warming sunshine, and groups of people gathered outside pubs and cafes.  It was lovely and relaxed, with none of the heaving crowds of some other events - the split between showground and the town spread the visitors around nicely.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Pickering 1940's Weekend 2014
I managed to finally bump into some very dear friends, and, with us both being rather saucy, wasted no time in comparing stockings - much to the approval of the hoards of watching photographers!

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Pickering 1940's Weekend 2014
A lovely lunch followed, and more ambling around the delightful town centre, content just to soak up the atmosphere of the day.  Sadly, by 4.00pm I was wilting a little, and it was soon time to head back home as the last steam trains of the day bid their own adieu.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Pickering 1940's Weekend 2014
So, lots of fabulous photos and even better memories of a great weekend.  It certainly made me promise to attend a few more 1940's events next year.

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